videoMeduza, James Carter ft Elley Duhé, Fast Boy 'Bad Memories' by Elliott Gonzo
Elliott Gonzo introduces us to an epic dystopian world in his promo for Italian DJ trio Meduza, featuring James Carter, Elley Duhé and Fast Boy.Set in Vietnam - it was shot in the remains of Ho Thuy Tien Water Park - the video experiments with extreme environments, lighting and shadows to depict a group of marginalised young people who are in search of something better, where a remarkable giant dragon statue becomes the focus for their self-discovery. It offers a fresh perspective on contemporary themes, experimenting with colour and cinematography, via infrared filters, to tell the story. "It's a coming of age story, following a group of Vietnamese teenagers as they embark on a journey of discovery and self-realisation," says Elliott Gonzo. "By reconnecting with Vietnamese folklore and mythology, the narrative culminates in the discovery of a crumbling stone dragon statue set deep within a mystic jungle.Gonzo adds that he was inspired by Richard Mosse’s The Enclave to give the location an otherworldly feel and look through the use of an infrared lens filter."In Vietnam the dragon is a symbol of power and nobility, particularly of the nation," he continues. "The characters in the video embody the ancient dragon figure, with fiery red eyes and smoke billowing from their mouths, they represent the power of the youth and progressive subcultures in Vietnam."
Rob Ulitski - 10 months ago