David Knight - 24th Nov 2011

Ben Reed's video for Michael Kiwanuka's rather lovely Home Again is a simple performance video, shot on 35mm - and then Ben took the neg and painstakingly painted the frames himself, all in sync to the music. Consequently, Ben wasn't able to actually see what he'd done until he sat in the TK suite, hours before delivery.

"My references were really the filmmakers Len Lye and Stan Brakage, and I kind of wanted to combine their old school scratched film technique with a really simple black and white performance," says Ben.

"I think I spent four days painting, scratching and inking on a home made light box with the film strung up between two microphone stands. It was kind of trial and error, but really minus the trial, so pretty nerve-racking.

"Watching the video for the first time at the telecine was horrific, I hadn't slept and was clinging on the yucca plant in the corner asking it if it was in sync. It said it couldn't see the through the pack of twenty Bensons I'd just lit in my mouth. But seriously, yeah it was pretty scary."

Watch 'Michael Kiwanuka 'Home Again' by Ben Reed' here


ProducerGareth Thomas
Director of PhotographyNick Booth
Art DirectorTom Allan
StylistElizabeth Cardwell
Make-upNiki Henry
EditorBen Reed
PostBen Reed
Executive ProducerBeth Montague
CommissionerSam Seager

David Knight - 24th Nov 2011

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