David Knight - 10th Aug 2021

His output in music videos has been sporadic in recent years, but now two videos by Anthony Dickenson have arrived at once. The first is for the Daniel Brandt's remix of London band Friedberg's Midi 8, which creates a soaring connection to the music with an entirely minimal approach.

Created entirely on a car journey in Athens with Friedberg lead singer Anna F, Dickenson takes an almost abstract approach to an intimate moment, capturing the singer in a series of extreme, near tactile close-ups. Rather than quick-cutting, Dickenson uses the effect of street lighting, Anna's wind-blown hair as the car speeds along, and camera speed-ramps to dovetail the visuals with the music.    

In characteristic fashion, Anthony Dickenson has created something hypnotic yet visceral, by exploring the visual possibilities of a single set-up for all its worth.

ANTHONY DICKENSON:

Keeping to a single shot on a tight lens was where it all started.

"I heard the track the first time late one night after a few drinks around Anna and Daniels. I vaguely remember calling it a banger and telling them that I was gonna make a music video for it.

"An image of Anna asleep in a speeding convertible came to me whilst listening to the track for the second time. I wanted to expand that moment, concentrate in on the details, make them feel disorientating and otherworldly. The energy in the moment already exists, the wind the hair the fast changing environment but that dreamy state of half sleep, slipping in and out of reality was the key. I wanted to mess with time and scale to create this feeling.

"There was also that sensation of release and freedom that I got from the track. Being shot out of dimly lit tunnels and into intense harsh daylight. It felt to me that we could make these moments coordinate perfectly with the changes and the progression of the track. Yes I definitely had the Chemical Brothers ‘Star Guitar’ video fizzing around my head going into this. That is, if we could find the right road with the right tunnels. Which we did - in Athens. Which was a bonus.

"I like setting rules on projects so keeping to a single shot on a tight lens was where it all started. I knew we would have to speed ramp and hide some edit points so I coordinated the camera movements each time to allow for this.

"The shoot was super fun and uncomplicated. Daniel Brandt, who remixed the track, also drove the car. I squashed myself in to the backseat with the Alexa Mini and we were tailed by my two camera AC’s who were remotely pulling focus from another car. We drove the same loop of tunnels and spent about €200 on tolls."

PRO Credits

Credits

DirectorAnthony Dickenson
ProducerAnthony Dickenson
Director of PhotographyAnthony Dickenson
Focus PullerVagelis Kasapakis
2nd ACEleni Lola
EditorAnthony Dickenson
ColouristJack McGinity
Grading companyCHEAT

David Knight - 10th Aug 2021

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