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Crows 'Closer Still' by James Green

Rob Ulitski - 23rd May 2022

James Green directs a hyperactive black and white promo for Crows. 

The video is a frenetic fury of mixed media performance footage, shot and presented in a tactile, lo-fi aesthetic with abstract narrative undertones.

The glitchy, analog mixed-media execution represents an exaggeration of the long, demeaning processes people have to go through in order to receive Government support and funding.

"Within a kinetic performance, we wanted to lightly reference aspects of the song’s sociopolitical themes in an abstract manner, by using the loose narrative of the band being watched and judged by an unknown organisation as they perform," explains Green. 

"To ramp up the chaotic analog aesthetic, we used around seven different analog shooting formats to capture the performances, later distorting the edit in post using analog glitch pedals and CRT monitors."

Shot on a micro-budget with a skeleton crew during the second lockdown, the video is a complete triumph - stirring and dramatic, with a breakneck cut and a real sense of timeliness and vigour. 

Rob Ulitski - 23rd May 2022

Tags

  • Performance
  • Rock
  • Mixed media
  • Analogue
  • lockdown
  • Government
  • Sociopolitical

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Credits

Production/Creative

Director
James Green
Producer
James Green
Producer
Ben Marshall

Camera

Director of Photography
Ben Marshall
Focus Puller
Lea Aubigne
Camera Operator
Laura Seward

Lighting/Grip

Gaffer
Laura Seward
Spark
Liz Seabrook

Editorial

Editor
James Green

Grading

Colourist
James Green

Rob Ulitski - 23rd May 2022

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