Rob Ulitski - 8th June 2021

Melody Maker explores freedom and restrictions in her hallucinatory promo for Greentea Peng. 

Locked inside an apartment building, we see the artists isolated from the world outside, unable to connect with anything outside of the four walls that encase them. 

The hazy cinematography blurs into a surrealist dreamworld, as the artists appear as giant döppelgängers, staring at their true selves through the window glass as if they were experimental guinea pigs. 

It's a clever commentary on the extended period of time we have been trapped away from each other, and the ongoing severance of our natural ties to the world and our true purpose.

MELODY MAKER:

The pandemic has laid bare some of the more troubling and alienating aspects of the human condition. 

"I wanted to dive into the mantra of Free My People that echoes throughout the song. A year of fear, loneliness and isolation under the pandemic has laid bare some of the more troubling and alienating aspects of the human condition that we all experience at points in our lives.

"Warming sunlight pours through the windows as our three artists perform with stoic detachment in their empty and lonely rooms. Outside a lone bird soars through an azure sky – a call to arms for the hitherto suppressed yearning for freedom.

"Later we see giant versions of themselves peering into the lives of the other - We have ceased to become human and have instead become lab rats in a cage to be observed and analysed. Without the ability to engage in healthy dialogue, we search for answers through unreliable sources, which serves only to feed and mutate our confirmation biases and make strangers and enemies of would-be friends.

"Enough is enough, it is time for us to take back our right to community, society and humanity... Free The People!" 

PRO Credits

Credits

DirectorMelody Maker
ProducerJake River Parker
ProducerRamy Dance
Production CompanyCommon People Films
Executive ProducerRamy Dance
Production ManagerOliver Hill
1st ADJoe Starrs
Director of PhotographyHunter Daly
Focus PullerRupert Hornstein
2nd ACDanny Williams
2nd unit directorRamy Dance
2nd Unit DoPJomar O’Meally
GafferPeter Gregory
Art DirectorCharlie Grumbar
WardrobeJake Hunte
Make-upMaha Alselami
EditorCharles Gamble
ColouristRuth Wardell
Grading companyOkay Studios
CommissionerBenson Udia
Other credits2nd AD - Freddie Wright Production Assistants - Izzy Petherbridge, Morgan Coul Covid Supervisor - Sam Mines Main Unit Shooting Crew: Ronin Op - Dan Lobo Jib Op - Jordon Osbourne Grip - Alex Kelleher Second Unit Shooting Crew: 1st AC - Marti Guiver Spark - Max Gregory Art Assistants - Jade O’Connor, Levi Hinds VFX Artists - Yousef Thami, Dom Spall, Shivam Solanki, Adam Aftanas, Darri Thornstein 
Sound Design - Dave Williams

Rob Ulitski - 8th June 2021

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