David Knight - 2nd Oct 2020

Harvey Pearson addresses a tough subject in a hugely affecting way for young indie-soul singer Puma Blue.

Jacob Allen (aka Puma Blue) wrote Velvet Leaves a few years after his sister attempted suicide - when he was finally able to process this traumatic and tragic event. Pearson's video for the song explores the relationship between the singer and his sibling - their friendship and the impact of her mental health issues upon him - in an impressionistic fashion, with reality slipping into a dreamworld and then veering towards somewhere nightmarish.

With Mia Gill playing the sibling foil to Allen's sensitive performance, Pearson uses a number of effective, lo-fi visual devices to express emotion and instability: the film speeding up to a blur, the vision of the girl becoming indistinct; the siblings frozen in a fiercely white spotlight, as if in grave danger. But perhaps most effective of all is a more realistic snapshot, after Allen witnesses his distressed sister storming out of the house.       

"This was a really special project and the first job out of lockdown," says Pearson. "Jacob (Puma Blue) came to me with this beautiful track and the touching story it told, one of family and getting through the hard times - balancing on the line of life and death. The video is a small tribute to Jacob’s sister, exploring memories and an abstract journey through mental health." 
 

PRO Credits

Credits

DirectorHarvey Pearson
ProducerFrancesca Willcock
Executive ProducerJamie Clark
Executive ProducerImogen Harrison
Head Of ProductionNatalie Wetherell
Director of PhotographyHunter Daly
1st ACJosie Thieme
GripAlex Hudson
GafferKit Wood
Art DirectorMillie Tennant
ColouristMatthieu Toullet
Grade ProducerEdwin Elkington
Grading companyMPC
Film LaboratoryKodak
Lead actorMia Gill
LabelBlue Flowers
Other creditsJunior Assistant Camera: Joshua Morrison Electrician: Huw Garratt Trainee: Johnathan Boyd Head Of Colour Grading Production: Ellora Chowdhury Runner / COVID Officer: Rosie Owen Runner / PA: Leon Thompson Special Thanks To: Kodak UK, Shift 4, Panalux And Moving Picture Company Shot On Location In London, UK

David Knight - 2nd Oct 2020

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