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Charlotte Wessels 'Afkicken' by Adam Barker

Rob Ulitski - 11th Jan 2023

Adam Barker directs a a visceral tale of ritual and sisterhood for Dutch artist Charlotte Wessels.

The video for Wessels' symphonic metal epic Afkicken is an apocalyptic horror involving giants and human sacrifice - a fascinating blend of cosmic horror with a dazzling fantasy dreamworld.

In the video, Wessels plays the lead role of a woman who suffers a traumatic encounter with a forest giant, leading her into a female support group who are not quite as they seem.

In classic Hammer horror style, Barker dripfeeds crucial elements of the narrative, in cutaways to the looming giant and a human transformation to increase the mystery and dread. And it climaxes with the women engaging in a dramatic bonfire-lit ceremony...

Boasting brilliant visual effects work, top-notch performances and excellent location, the video examines how our time on earth is finite, and how Mother Nature will reclaim herself from the chaos we leave behind.

Rob Ulitski - 11th Jan 2023

Tags

  • New Director
  • Narrative
  • Multi Instrumentalist
  • Symphonic Metal
  • Cosmic Horror
  • Monster
  • Nature
  • Performance
  • Ritual

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Credits

Production/Creative

Director
Producer
Production Company
Video Ink Ltd
Executive Producer
Charlotte Wessels
1st AD
Charlotte Bowe

Camera

Director of Photography
Oliver D Price
Focus Puller
Harvey Mountford
Additional Camera
Claire Van Dam

Lighting/Grip

Gaffer
Benjamin Goff

Art

SFX
Rupert Pearson. Art Design Assistants

Wardrobe

Stylist
Stevi Jelbart
Make-up
Michelle Yates
SFX MUA
Sammm Agnew

Choreography

Choreographer
Jade Rumens

Casting

Lead actor
Tori Davies
Lead actor
Sanna Kelly
Lead actor
Charlotte Wessels
Dancers
Lidewij Bouter, Anika Campbell-Hypolite, Sue King-Spear, Cheryl Vallely

Editorial

Editor
Oliver D Price

Grading

Colourist
Oliver D Price

Rob Ulitski - 11th Jan 2023

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