Rob Ulitski - 15th Apr 2021

An ominous presence tracks a number of individuals on the streets and fields of East London, in Brock Neal Roberts' gripping promo for Eli Brown & Talk Show. 

Paying homage to gritty British cinema - in particular Alan Clarke's influential masterpiece Elephant - the video for Trouble is focussed on the individuals who walk briskly through an deserted urban landscape - when they are not congregating in legendary Bethnal Green caff Manzi's - aware that they are being followed by an unknown, unseen force, with tension and fear building throughout. 

The video is deceivingly simple, with a concept that packs a punch and gets under your skin, with great use of locations, excellent casting and Neal Roberts working with DoP David Foulkes and editor Beth Roberts to build the spooky feel of a nightmare. It's crafted with real flair and imagination.

BROCK NEAL ROBERTS: 

The core of the idea was that this roaming trouble or darkness could find you at any point.

"When I was sent the track the first thing that came into my mind was this kinetic energy and how this could transcend the visuals. The core of the idea was that this roaming trouble or darkness could find you at any point, no matter who you are, and then combined it with the stylised Steadicam work of Alan Clarke; particularly his film Elephant.

"Initially I just wanted to feature people walking without much context as to why they were doing it in order to just get this intense energy of the track across. But after talking to Louis and the team at Polydor we decided it needed a narrative backdrop in order to create a video that would keep people engaged for the whole video.

"We didn't want this to feel too horror though, so decided to leave the darkness/trouble that follows the characters as they walk as an unseen entity, allowing the track, edit, cinematography and character actions to ramp up the intensity of the video instead."

PRO Credits

Credits

DirectorBrock Neal Roberts
ProducerFemi Anderson
Production CompanyAgile Films
Executive ProducerPrecious Mahaga
Production ManagerAyo Alli
1st ADElle Lotherington
Director of PhotographyDavid Foulkes
Focus PullerJustin McGillivray
2nd ACEthan Lodge
SteadicamJess Doxey
GafferAlex Gibbon 
Art DirectorElena Isolini
WardrobeRobbie Canale
Hair & Make-upKate O'shea
EditorBeth Roberts
ColouristRichard Fearon
Grading companyBlack Kite Studios
Post ProducerBruce Langfield
Director's RepresentationOB Management
CommissionerLouis Danckwerts
LabelPolydor Records
Other credits2ad - Philip Nortey 3ad - Rose Lucas Grip - Wolf Wasserman Dit - Finlay Roberts Spark - Joe Brock Art Assistant - Alexa Daly Costume Assistant - Rae Harrison Doyle Medic - Elaine Yeung Drivers - Denis Shelly, Danny Reynolds, Djamel Dokkari, Dimitri Topalo

Rob Ulitski - 15th Apr 2021

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