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Claudio Olachea 'Down Here' by Omer Ben Shachar

Rob Ulitski - 6th Oct 2022

Omer Ben Shachar directs a powerful promo for composer Claudio Olachea.

Pondering themes of identity and society, the video depicts a nightmarish scenario where everyone wears identical masks to fit in. But when one young man’s mask begins to peel off, he questions if hiding his true identity is really worth it.

Perfectly summarising the lengths we go to to fit in with the crowd, the performance from lead actor Fernando Siqueira is stirringly brilliant, evoking a sense of desperation and regret which builds to a thrilling climax. 

Makeup FX artist Malina Stearns also deserves a shoutout for her wonderful prosthetic work, which helps sell the concept in a disturbingly uncanny way. 

Rob Ulitski - 6th Oct 2022

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  • Narrative
  • Mask
  • society
  • Performance
  • Nightmare
  • Identity

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Credits

Production/Creative

Director
Omer Ben Shachar
Producer
Thomas Hartmann
Executive Producer
Claudio Olachea
1st AD
Nicolette Ellis

Camera

Director of Photography
Kai K. Krause

Lighting/Grip

Gaffer
Nick Conroy

Art

Production designer
Al-e Mcwhorter

Wardrobe

Wardrobe
Alabama Blonde
Make-up
Malina Stearns

Casting

Lead actor
Fernando Siqueira

Editorial

Editor
Omer Ben Shachar

Commission

Commissioner
Claudio Olachea

Rob Ulitski - 6th Oct 2022

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