Promonews - 3rd Nov 2021

For their previously unreleased song Follow Me Around, Radiohead have a wonderful new video by directing duo Us - Chris Barrett and Luke Taylor - starring Guy Pearce. He plays the hapless victim of a particularly tenacious insect - and we, the viewer, are that pesky bug. 

A simple idea is transformed by Barrett and Taylor's brilliant employment of up-to-the-minute tech. And indeed, minute tech: the entire video is shot on a tiny drone that speeds through London streets, and through tiny spaces, and finds its way to Pearce's East London home - where the relentless attack by the bug begins. Everything we see comes from insect-POV, as we witness Pearce's increasing desperation and panic.

Us were inspired to look through the mini-critter's eyes, having spent a summer combatting mosquitos. They were also inspired by footage of tiny drones that can go through anywhere at speed. With the brilliant casting of Pearce, Barrett and Taylor have also elevated the concept further, adding a level of ambiguity where surveillance, paranoia and the humble mosquito meet. 

The formatting of the camera was made to emulate both the period of the song, with its lo-fi 420p resolution, and also the idea of surveillance cameras, as well as the erratic and somewhat flailing camp of vision one imagines a mosquito’s to be. Married with Guy Pearce’s outstanding acting, the sparse visuals are meant to make the viewer feel as uncomfortable as the character on the screen. 

And why is Pearce being targetted? We really can only guess, as the one thing we cannot see is the attacker itself - is this actually an insect, or perhaps another form of Bug...

It is of course perfect for the lovely song Follow Me Around, a live favourite which dates back to the era of OK Computer, that Radiohead are only now releasing, on the new Kid A/Amnesiac sessions project. This one goes direct to the pantheon of great Radiohead videos.  

PRO Credits

Credits

DirectorUs (Chris Barrett & Luke Taylor)
ProducerGeorgina Smith
Production CompanyAcademy Films
Executive ProducerMaurizio Von Trapp
Executive ProducerMedb Riordan
1st ADJames Sharpe
Director of PhotographyMolly Manning Walker
GafferBill Rae Smith
Art DirectorMark Connell
WardrobeKatie McGoldrick
Hair & Make-upTerry Grisdale
EditorJoe Guest
Editing companyFinal Cut
ColouristSimone Grattarola
Grading companyTime Based Arts
Post ProducerSean Ewins
VFXMishaal Memon
Lead actorGuy Pearce
CommissionerScott Wright
Director's RepresentationClaire Stubbs @ Mouthpiece
LabelXL Recordings
Other creditsProduction Assistant: Heza Jalloh Drone Operator: Harry Holmes Drone Director: Chris Bradbury Art Assistant: Johnny Savage Props Stylist: Ugne Rimaviciute Props Assistant: Jacob Lee 2nd AD: Chris Mears Runner: Colum Ewart Location Manager: Mark Cushman Data Wrangler: Trey Robinson Flame: Al Hamer Sound Design: Machine Sound Producer: Ghazal Zargar Elahi Cast: Michele Whitehead

Promonews - 3rd Nov 2021

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