Charlie Winston 'The Weekend' by Ian Roderick Gray

Charlie Winston 'The Weekend' by Ian Roderick Gray
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Ian Roderick Gray helms an action-packed tribute to classic movie dance routines for Charlie Winston's The Weekend, orchestrating a continuous shot through different set-ups on a film set with clever sleight-of-hand.

Most impressive is how some characters appear to change before your eyes, as Gray's constantly moving camera travels through time as well as space, and always staying true to the concept.

From the director

IAN RODERICK GRAY:

"When we were conceiving the idea for video to The Weekend, we had two primary objectives. Firstly we wanted it to be an exercise in style and the intention was to somehow thread multiple genres together into one cohesive and action-packed film.

"The second objective was to explore more complex themes about identity and specifically how people have a tendency to use the weekend as an opportunity to shed their skin, break free from the shackles of their everyday lives, and temporarily liberate themselves to becomes the person they really want to be. We demonstrated this in the most literal representation possible, by actually showing our characters rip off their skin to become someone entirely different.

"Since the film industry is the most focused example of this act of becoming another person and adopting a different persona, it seemed to be the perfect fit thematically, and especially the pure escapism offered by classical Hollywood musicals.

"Finally, since life moves at a relentless pace, and we are constantly evolving, it seemed fitting to reflect this through capturing the entire video in one extended, continuous single shot."

Credits

Director
Ian Roderick Gray
Producer
Adham Hunt
Production Company
Independent
Executive Producer
Afishant Records
1st AD
Alex Moffat
Director of Photography
Matthew Emvin Taylor
Focus Puller
Robin Webster
2nd AC
Jomar O’Meally
Gaffer
Aaron Walters
Art Director
Alizé Speed
Wardrobe
Lucy Williams
Hair
Laura Szydlowski
Make-up
Jessica Kell
Editor
Ian Roderick Gray
Editing company
Squint Vfx
Colourist
Joseph Bicknel
Grading company
CHEATCHEAT website
Post production company
CHEATCHEAT website
Post Producer
Post Producer
Rachel Webb
VFX
Squint Vfx
Cast
Charlie Winston
Cast
Andy Gibbins
Label
Afishant Records Ltd
Movi Operator
James Davis
Grip
David Reeves
Video Operator
Robert Toft
DIT
Chris Nunn
Sound Recordist And Playback
Christian Davis
Sound Design
Edwin Matthews
Dan Newlands
VFX Supervisor
Jonathan Harris
Senior VFX Compositor
VFX Compositors
George Antonopoulos, Ines Boneca, Rodolfo Zani
Dancers
Francesca Moffat, Cassie Macmillan, Cleo Jaegar, Jenny Stow, Lois Roberts, Alex Brown, Luke Field Wright, Adam Lyons, Oliver Wheeler, Justin Thomas-Verweij
Tap Dancers
Crystal Hantig , Scott Coldwell
Robot Dancers
Pierre Lafayette-Marsh , Chris Rowe, Adam Roberts

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