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Declan McKenna 'Sympathy' by Will Hooper

Rob Ulitski - 10th July 2023

Declan McKenna is back - and also back with regular collaborator Will Hooper to make a characteristically lighthearted and offbeat video for Sympathy, with Declan on a deserted sandy beach in the company of a piano, a metal detector, and some odd-looking seagulls. 

Reuniting the creative relationship that brought the brilliant visuals for The Key To Life On Earth and Beautiful Faces, the video features a dreamlike narrative in a breezy beachside setting. Cue puppet seagulls, googly eyed-guitars and a metal detector narrative, all merging to form a trippy, hallucinatory seaside experience.

Most crucially, it's the uplifting presence of Declan McKenna himself - as twinkly-eyed and energetic as he was when he burst onto the music scene a few years ago - but arguably with a bit more knowing maturity. He brings all of his A-game charm and charisma to this one.

Safe to say that his and Will Hooper's creative relationship has resumed in brilliant fashion. They have delivered here, and then some. It's a very enjoyable addition to a growing canon of highly entertaining videos by the pair.

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Rob Ulitski - 10th July 2023

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  • Comedy
  • Indie
  • Singer songwriter
  • Performance
  • Beach
  • Seaside
  • Dreamlike
  • Seagull

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Production/Creative

Director
Will Hooper
Producer
Tara Sadeghi
Production Company
Executive Producer
Patrick Craig
Production Manager
James Robertson
1st AD
Josh Goldman Jacob
Production Assistant
Lara Drew
Runners
Justin McQuilken, Thomas Heasman, Gian-Luca

Camera

Director of Photography
Natasha Duursma
Focus Puller
Oliver Bingham
2nd AC
Jack Plumbridge
Film Scanning
Camera Trainee
Max Bent-Marshall
Drone op
Barney Clark

Lighting/Grip

Gaffer
Charlie
Spark
Brook Williams
Spark Trainee
Gianni Morreale

Art

Production designer
Louis Simonon
Art Director
Tomomi Kishimoto-Eley
Art Assistant
Rufus Genn

Editorial

Editor
Sam Allen
Sound Designer
Daniel Burch

Grading

Colourist
Richard Fearon
Colour grade company
Colour Assist
Billy Dawson
Colour Producer
Jade Denne

VFX

VFX Company
The Mill
2D Lead
Carl Norton
VFX Producer
Sophie McDonald
VFX Senior Producer
Kathryn Wigginton
Associate Production Manager
Anjalika Jain
Production Coordinator
Rahul Sasidharan
2D Lead
Gautam Gulaskar
2D Artist
Prajeesh E, Roto Supervisor

Agent

Director's Representation

Commission

Commissioner
Michael Lewin

Rob Ulitski - 10th July 2023

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