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Waze & Odyssey, George Michael, Mary J. Blige & Tommy Theo 'Always' (Director's Cut) by Nelson De Castro

Rob Ulitski - 18th May 2020

Nelson De Castro directs a story of self-reflection for Waze & Odyssey's Always, that toys with viewer's perceptions - and is not diminished by referencing the classic video for the original track. 

Utilising a seamless blend of practical and digital mirroring effects, the concept for De Castro's video for the remix of Always - written by Stevie Wonder in the '70s, covered by George Michael and Mary J Blige in the '90s - takes place in a diner, where De Castro playfully switches between different types of doubles. At first it's mirror FX, and then the mirror breaks down, interweaves and disconnect (literally) at cleverly timed moments.

The beauty of the video lies in how the skill of the choroegraphy, and the cast - led by the Huber twins, Allison and Veronica - gently emerges. Eddie Inda's wonderful art direction helps hide the subtle transitions, creating brilliantly surreal copies of clocks, sprawling menus that overlap corners and intricate coffee stains.

Combined with DoP Jeff Leeds Cohn's complex yet striking cinematography, De Castro has orchestrated one of his most successful videos - particularly in this director's cut. Here, he also includes excerpts from George Michael and Mary J Blige's own remarkable video for Always - by directing duo Big TV!

"We designed, built and cast a perfectly mirrored world, down to the last drop of spilled coffee." he says. "It allowed us to intercut simple digital-mirror effects like an on/off switch." It's a mesmerising, thoroughly entertaining trip.

Rob Ulitski - 18th May 2020

Tags

  • Dance
  • Director's cut
  • Pick of the Day
  • Performance
  • Surreal
  • VFX
  • Mirror FX
  • Twins

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Credits

Production/Creative

Director
Nelson De Castro
Producer
Briana Goldberg
Production Company
Little Ugly
Executive Producer
Kimberly Stuckwisch
Executive Producer
Jesse McClung
Production Manager
Tim Kerigan
1st AD
Michael Coursey

Camera

Director of Photography
Jeff Leeds Cohn
Focus Puller
Daniel Ajemian
2nd AC
Tessa Kier

Lighting/Grip

Gaffer
Pierre Habib

Art

Art Director
Eddie Inda

Wardrobe

Wardrobe
Meredith Peebles
Hair & Make-up
Kimtsy Sanchez

Editorial

Editor
Taylor Brusky

Grading

Colourist
Jacob Mckee

VFX

VFX
Bryan Fugal
Post Producer
Naheem Adio

Agent

Director's Representation
OB Management

Commission

Commissioner
Kat Cattaneo
Label
Ministry of Sound
Label
Sony Music

Other credits

Cast

Allison Huber, Veronica Huber, Sonya Millen, Sabrina Millen, Takazo Hall, Kaizo Hall, Joseph Harold, Joel Harold

Rob Ulitski - 18th May 2020

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