Rob Ulitski - 24th Aug 2020

Joe Connor directs a wet and wonderful promo for Biffy Clyro's Space. 

Sitting in a car under thunderous downpours, vocalist Simon Neil is lost in thought alongside his partner, played by Jasmine Chiu. Moving from the vehicle into a black infinity studio space, the pair dive into passionate choreography as the unrelenting rain soaks them through. 

Starting as a minimalist dance concept, the video moves into deep water as Neil and Chiu finds themselves submerged, their movements strikingly graceful and poetic. 

DoP Ruben Woodin Dechamps contrasts the warm glow of the headlights and lamp with cool, icey blues, representing the fluctuating emotions and abstract energy of the concept. 

JOE CONNOR:

It was just a pleasure to dream a little and do something silly again. 

"This was honestly a wonder job. When I said I wanted to flood a studio and make it rain gallons of water onto Simon while dancing, I didn't expect that it would be supported by so many creative individuals who all brought their A game to this project.

"I could wax lyrical about the metaphors and themes of the video but I think after so long away from a set it's far more interesting to talk about the people who made this all happen: from Alexa, Jennifer Ivory, Dom and Nathan for trusting me with this brief, to Simon and Jasmine for giving it their all when dancing in freezing cold water. Steven Hoggett for bringing the most perfect approach and method to the choreography. The dream team of Rubin and Luke who translated what was in my mind perfectly in both design and cinematography. The styling is impeccable by Robbie, the grade has all the magic of a George K grade and it was all kept on time by the hero that is Chris Kelly and co-producer Andrew Rawson. Finally to EP/Producer Fred Bonham Carter, the guy just makes this stuff effortless, a king amongst men.

"After so long without making anything with scope, scale and wonder it was just a pleasure to dream a little and do something silly again with these humans."

PRO Credits

Credits

DirectorJoe Connor
ProducerFred Bonham Carter
ProducerAndrew Rawson
Production CompanyA Just Fred Production
Executive ProducerAlexa Haywood
1st ADChris Kelly
Director of PhotographyRuben Woodin Dechamps
Focus PullerRichard Savage
2nd ACTanmoye Khan
SteadicamAndrew Bainbridge
GafferPete Bishop
ColouristGeorge K
Post production companyBlack Kite Studios
Post ProducerJade Denne
Lead actorJasmine Chiu
Other creditsRunner: Tiger Brewer & Rodrigo Pacheco Underwater Camera: Zac Macaulay Underwater Assistant: Zoe Masters Camera Trainee: Luca Parasiliti-Holt Underwater Gaffer: Neil Blackman Choreographer: Steven Hoggett Art Director: Luke Moran-Morris Action Vehicle Supervisor: Matthew Weekes SFX: Matter Stylist: Robbie Canale Artist Groomer: Eliot McQueen Cast Hair & Makeup: Jess Summer

Rob Ulitski - 24th Aug 2020

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