Promonews - 17th Nov 2020

Rik Burnell, best known as a DoP, takes up directing duties to capture a performance by maverick singer-songwriter Nancy on a Sussex hillside.

Burnell keeps things simple, trusting the location and a few useful props - including a fair amount of facepaint - to frame a performance which highlights the homemade nature of Nancy's approach - and the more flamboyant side of his nature. And filming on 16mm clearly contributes to a certain timeless quality.


"We aimed to be audacious and celebratory, then switch to intriguing and endearing."

"The DIY nature of Nancy’s approach to his music informed the simplicity of the brief and the tone of the shoot - a simple performance video in a field; just Nancy, a camera and a few ideas.

"With a sheet of glass, some paint, a blanket I found and a loose inversion of the ending of Texas Chain Saw Massacre, we tried to be audacious and celebratory, then switch to intriguing and endearing, starting with that great sound that happens when you quickly wiggle your finger between your lips while going 'uuurrrr'..."

PRO Credits


DirectorRik Burnell
ProducerRik Burnell
Director of PhotographyRik Burnell
Focus PullerMatt Hillier
2nd ACLina R
EditorLorna Searl
Editing companyTrim Editing
ColouristDan Levy
Grading companyBlack Kite
LabelB3sci Records

Promonews - 17th Nov 2020

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