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Mowdee 'Je t'embête' by Karim Ansel

Rob Ulitski - 3rd Feb 2021

Karim Ansel explores the tortured, pernicious inner voice of Mowdee’s psyche, in his brilliant video for Je T'embête. 

We all have our own internal struggles between good and bad, and it can often feel like we are completely out of control of who takes the reigns. Mowdee is in the unfortunate position of having his doppelgänger appear as an all-too-real apparition, causing trouble and mini catastrophes around every corner. 

Initially embarrassed by his cheeky, menacing demeanour, Mowdee eventually comes round to his darker self, via several hilarious vignettes that take place across the course of a day. 

DoP James Coote balances an authentic, real-life aesthetic with a handful of experimental angles, all shot on film to give it a grainy and raw texture. Ansel's direction jumps between understated and slapstick, providing the perfect platform for the ensuing drama, without going too overboard and silly.

He also worked from a treatment/animatic that mapped out the narrative in great detail, as you can see from this entertaining animatic vs final video visual.

 

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  • Comedy
  • New Director
  • Narrative
  • Surreal
  • Hip Hop
  • Performance
  • Doppelgänger

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Credits

Production/Creative

Director
Karim Ansel
Producer
Lola Idounda
Production Company
Very Content
Production Manager
Alice Marchal
1st AD
Fabrice Jeandemange

Camera

Director of Photography
James Coote
Focus Puller
Gustin Guillaume
2nd AC
Arthur Bartoli

Lighting/Grip

Gaffer
Tom Haffner

Art

Art Director
Moussa Assoumani

Wardrobe

Wardrobe
Alya Derris
Make-up
Lea Fontaine

Editorial

Editor
Marie Raffy

Grading

Colourist
Vincent Amor

Agent

Director's Representation

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