Promonews - 13th Mar 2020

Will Hooper introduces London-based producer duo Sad Night Dynamite's debut EP, SND 001, with this enigmatic short film comprised of a series of intriguing vignettes - mini-films in themselves yet linked together by the band's music and a faintly surreal tone. 

From a drone shot of a white limousine at the start, Hooper takes us on a journey into the woods, to the side of a grave, to a party of pastel-wearing youths, and a mass attempt to blow out birthday candles. It is a deadpan black comedy filmed in the Czech Republic - a place where this style of filmmaking was pioneered back in the 1960s.     

The duo also make cameo appearances in each scene, and talking to Complex, where the video was premiered last week, they said that Will Hooper's film "serves almost as a preface to us as a band. We had written these relatively sparse beats which show glimpses of our first singles, so wanted to reflect that in the films: the narrative is open-ended, but hints at a larger story to come."  

They add that shooting in the Czech Republic "was such a great opportunity... Very few of the cast spoke the same language as us, but I think they identified with the projects tone and darkness — we wanted the films to have a message whilst staying humorous. There's room left for interpretation, but we intend for this film to act as the beginning of a wider piece, as Sad Night Dynamite."

PRO Credits

Credits

DirectorWill Hooper
ProducerRosie Brear
Executive ProducerLaura Northover
Production ManagerPavlina Saward
1st ADMojas Perovic
Director of PhotographyIgor Smitka
Focus PullerMurat Emkuzhev
2nd ACMichal Kulhavy
GafferVaclav Sejna
WardrobeSuzie Walsh
WardrobeChristina Campagna
Make-upPhil Kunes
EditorSam Allen
ColouristLucia Kovalova
CommissionerSam Seager
Service CompanyTall Dark & Handsome
Service ProducerElizabeth Chase
Service ProducerMojas Perovic
Other creditsDrone Op: Marek Tajbl Props Master: Ales Cerny BTS: Kubo Krizo PA: Fanda Saward Driver: Milan Madar Sound Design: Alexander Wells Cast: Denisa Voláková, Rozalie Klimesová, Marie Krobova, Jakub Skvaril, Lucie Horáková, David Baláz, Jarmila Hausnerova, Tomás Obruka, Germanas Drazdas, Barbora Kulikova, Maryana Deyak, Kirshan Lathiya, Ida Farova, Tomi Mácik, Klára Mamojková, Adrian Kriska, Magdalena Rybanska, Jan Sekera, Jiri Bezdek. Ladislav Cernohorsky, Radek Kovarik, Marta Hodikova, Viktor Kalinak

Promonews - 13th Mar 2020

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