Imagine Dragons 'Next To Me' by Mark Pellington

Imagine Dragons 'Next To Me' by Mark Pellington
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Mark Pellington demonstrates just why he is regarded as a music video directing legend, with his remarkable 11 minute 'music film' for Imagine Dragons' Next To Me. 

This is an intimate story of a relationship on a grand and tragic scale, which Pellington has told with a bravura brilliance that recalls the experimental style that he pioneered in his videos in the Nineties, and then brings it bang up to date.

Imagine Dragons' frontman Dan Reynold's highly flawed character is framed in the first minute by a searing speech of condemnation by Aja Volkman, Reynold's wife in the film and in real life. What follows incorporates a terrible crime, delivered in dramatic detail, but also becomes a stupendous fever dream, as we start to believe in Reynold's character's rehabilitation and release. Only to realise this is not how things pan out...  

Next To Me is a story of love, loss, mistakes, regrets, and redemption, and an inspiring example of a brilliant director being given the scope to practice his craft.

Credits

Director
Mark Pellington
Producer
Dana Marshall
Production Company
Prime Zero Productions
Executive Producer
Alex Dakid
Executive Producer
Mac Reynolds
Executive Producer
Jared Shelton
Production Manager
David Cho
1st AD
Edward Licht
Director of Photography
Matthew Sakatani Roe
Focus Puller
Daniel Warlock | Andy Huynh
2nd AC
Nick Menio | Doulos Kun
Gaffer
Kyle Bryson
Art Director
Patti Podesta
Wardrobe
Lindsay Zir-oldak
Editor
Jacquelyn London
Colourist
Marshall Plante For Ntropic
Cast
Dan Reynolds, Wayne Sermon, Ben Mckee, Daniel Platzman, Aja Volkman
Director's Representation
Kelly Norris Sarno / Agency ArtsKelly Norris Sarno / Agency Arts website
Commissioner
Jared Shelton
Label
Interscope Records
Original Score
Wayne Sermon

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