Michael Aldag 'Tonsillitis' by Dan French
Dan French directs a heartfelt promo for rising star Michael Aldag.
The video for Tonsillitis features all of the mainstays of a pop ballad video - a broken relationship, snapshots of painful memories - yet reframes them with unique imagery and motifs, through symbolism, colour palettes and locations.
Aldag's performance section boasts a beautifully shot setup as he plays the piano, with unusual camera angles to keep things fresh and authentic.
There's a lot of symbolic imagery which took its motivation from the lyrics.
"This was one of my favourite videos yet. Michael was fully on board with the concept which is always a dream, so we could take it by the reins and go for it.
"There's a lot of symbolic imagery which took its motivation from the lyrics. The rose became a metaphor for their relationship and their love. It's like this omnipresent symbol of the status of their relationship which eventually dies out on his chest.
"It was a lot of fun playing with the technical effects, like the driverless car and the long bed sheet camera pull. These and the tattoo took a lot of trial and error testing beforehand. I was shooting myself and comping tattoos onto my chest and all sorts."
|Production Company||Papaya Films|
|1st AD||Gizem Kuru|
|Director of Photography||Ben Cotgrove|
|Focus Puller||Anil Duru|
|2nd AC||Josh Bister|
|Art Director||Anthony Hensman|
|Hair & Make-up||Louise Hall|
|Lead actor||Laura Costa|
|Lead actor||Emmanuel Akinkuolie|
|Post Producer||Oana Anghel|
|Director's Representation||Marisa Garner Associates|
|Other credits||Production Assistant: Sam Harvey Production Runner: Cordelia Grossman Covid Officer: Rachel Liviero Spark: Harrison Newman Art Assistant: Niccolo Binda DIT: Morgan Perry|
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