Society 'Commiserations' by Tom Clarkson

Society 'Commiserations' by Tom Clarkson

Tom Clarkson's latest clip for Society is a clever guerilla experiment in public participation.

Stemming from the classic 'Can I take your picture? Ah, it's on video!' concept, the video starts out as a series of strange and awkward portraits. That is, until you realise that the true subject matter of the video is lurking in the background.

It's a clever bait and switch from Clarkson that invites you to really take in the whole picture, rather than focus on what's in front of you.

From the director


"The idea for Commiserations is based around a concept that was big online a few years ago... to offer to take someone’s picture but instead video them. These videos always had an undercurrent of comedy, but as we experimented with the idea, we found poses and forced smiles would slowly begin to shift into something more honest and sincere. We pushed this idea by introducing a key element that acts as a constant kick of reality for the audience. A literal representation of pain behind the poses.

"I’m hugely grateful to the band and label for letting us try this idea out, to Janna for supporting and pushing it from the start and the entire team who helped build it. Thanks also to all the unlucky people who we bumped into that day. Anyone who says Londoners aren’t fun and friendly and helpful anymore is wrong!"


Tom Clarkson
Janna Bartlett
Production Company
Mr. Tom
Focus Puller
Ashley Waring
Focus Puller
Jacob Niblett
Nina Sobers
Toby Tomkins
Grading company
Bill Hutchens
Janna Bartlett
Virgin EMI
Luv Luv Luv
On Set Sound
Owen Visser & Thomas Le Beau Morley
Production Assistants
Kay Loxley & Charlotte Gill
Emma Chisholm

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