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The Longest Johns 'Wellerman' by Matt Harris-Freeth

Rob Ulitski - 20th Apr 2021

Matt Harris-Freeth directs a quirky cinematic ocean voyage for British Folk group The Longest Johns.

The video is set to the band's own version of Wellerman, which went viral on TikTok in 2020 and kicked off a global interest in sea shanties.

Shot on location along the Jurassic Coast, the video sees the band deliver a wry performance, living in comfort on the deck of a sailing vessel and passing their time in various ways. They await the arrival of the Wellerman, a ship that will bring much-needed provisions.

DoP Sarah Smither creates a cinematic and vibrant aesthetic through the use of anamorphic lenses and sweeping drone shots, capturing the atmosphere and textures of the nautical setting, whilst elevating the surreal, anachonistic vibes of the concept.

Rob Ulitski - 20th Apr 2021

Tags

  • Sea Shanty
  • Folk
  • Sea Shanty
  • Sea
  • Art Direction
  • Performance
  • TikTok

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Credits

Production/Creative

Director
Matt Harris-Freeth
Producer
Production Company
Mintcake

Camera

Director of Photography
Sarah Smither
Focus Puller
Adam Pickford

Art

Art Director
Nagea Rose

Wardrobe

Wardrobe
Ros Marshall
Wardrobe
Lisa Leighton
Hair & Make-up
Isabel While

Editorial

Editor
Matt Harris Freeth
Editing company
Robot Dinosaur

Grading

Colourist
Alex Berry
Colour grade company
Quality Control

Commission

Label
Decca Records

Other credits

Ben Platts From Flying Camera Company

Matt Davies

Prop Hand

Jez Hallett And The Crew And His Moonfleet Boat

Rob Ulitski - 20th Apr 2021

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