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Bears In Trees 'Little Cellist' by Jamie Benyon

Promonews - 19th Nov 2021

Jamie Benyon directs an affecting video for South London band Bears In Trees.

A young man, struggling with his mental health, gets a small box delivered to his front door. Within that is a drive that contains footage of him and a girl in happier times, on a day trip to Brighton. 

Benyon shifts between the digitally-shot present-day and the Super 8mm-shot home movie footage of the day trip to build the story, and effectively weaves them together in a well-crafted narrative that features strong performances by the main protagonist Elliott Eason and Jackie Tamayo. The changes in format also works well with the unconventional folk-like structure Little Cellist, that switches between vocal and speech elements.

"Bears In Trees created a beautifully poetic song, which demanded a powerful story and distinct images to convey the piece’s particular tone," says Benyon. "We settled on a surreal world, employing reversed digital photography whilst intercutting with the nostalgic feel of Super 8, to replicate the experience of memory.

"Making the music video to the Little Cellist has been one of the most challenging and creatively fulfilling filmmaking experiences in my career and I think we created something really special."

Promonews - 19th Nov 2021

Tags

  • Narrative
  • Indie
  • Folk
  • Rock
  • Mental health
  • Super 8mm

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Credits

Production/Creative

Director
Jamie Benyon
Producer
Jamie Benyon
Production Company
Bears In Trees
Production Company
Bunk Films
Executive Producer
Bears In Trees

Camera

Director of Photography
Kitt Sullivan
Focus Puller
Tom Clapson

Lighting/Grip

Gaffer
Alex Rice

Casting

Lead actor
Elliott Eason
Lead actor
Jackie Tamayo

Editorial

Editor
Jamie Benyon
Editing company
Bunk Films

Grading

Colourist
Colour grade company
The Mill

VFX

Post Producer
Dan Crozier

Other credits

Equipment Hire Company

The Camera Movement

Special Thanks

Adam Brewer, Chloe Cattermole, Dan Crozier, Isaac Klass, Jan & Simon Robson.

Promonews - 19th Nov 2021

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