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Director David Wilson Envelops Glass Animals Fans with Intimate and Intense Music Video

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With the concept reflecting on giving bad news, the Riff Raff director shot the promo during limited darkness of a UK summer night

Director David Wilson Envelops Glass Animals Fans with Intimate and Intense Music Video
Glass Animals has released a music video for their new single, 'It's All So Incredibly Loud', directed by Riff Raff's David Wilson. Wilson's latest work plunges viewers into a moodier space than the playful worlds he’s been creating of late.

The promo for ‘It’s All So Incredibly Loud’ from the upcoming album ‘Dreamland’ features the band’s frontman teetering on a pool diving board; delivering a hauntingly heartfelt performance to camera. Shot on both a Phantom and an Alexa during the limited darkness of a UK summer night, David kept this film exceedingly simple. It’s a decision that marries performance and creative vision, and allows the viewer to sink completely into the depths of human emotion.

David says of the film: “The concept for ‘It’s All So Incredibly Loud’ came directly from Dave Bayley. He wanted to draw an analogy between the feeling of jumping off a diving board into water, and the feeling of breaking bad news to another person. I loved the song, and the brief, and Dave, and was so excited to craft the film. During the writing process I explored lots of different avenues, but I always returned to the diving board. This analogy just seemed so pure, simple and right. The first two thirds where Dave is on the board, visually represents the build-up to needing to break the news, whilst the climactic third act is the ‘jump’; the liminal space between when words leave a person’s lips to the time it takes for their partner to respond."

David continues: "In that time silence becomes deafening. It’s the kind of silence that makes your stomach feel like you’re jumping off a diving board and feeling weightless before hitting water. There’s no gravity, nothing to hold on, it’s perilously empty. At the start of shooting we wanted to explore the option of Dave delivering the entirety of the film with no lip-sync. However, when Dave’s sync performances began to deliver such exceptional vulnerability, the decision to keep the whole film as performance was clear."

"I just adore Dave’s delivery in this film. Not many people can hold the viewer’s attention just by looking in the camera." adds David. "I’m so glad we went bold, simplistic, and gave Dave this room to give such a beautiful execution. I love summer nights, but the reality in the UK is that this darkness only lasts a few hours. It was quite a feat of production to pull it off in the time available (when is a music video anything different!?). However, the simplicity of choices that arose from all decisions only seemed to strengthen the final film.  I’m very proud for this beautifully simple film to accompany such a powerful and textured piece of music.”

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Production Company: Riff Raff Films

Director: David Wilson

Executive Producer: Kate Brady

Producer: Natalie Steiner

Key PA: Hannah Lockwood

PAs: Joanna Thompson, Sophia Kawyani

1st AD: Luke Goodrich

2nd AD/Covid Supervisor: Alice Hayes

DOP: David Foulkes

1st AC: Luke Jefferson

2nd AC: Jonathan Treherne

Grip: Steve Wells

Grip Assist: Will Andersen

Jib Op: Dan Lobo Pires

Gaffer: Danny Hayward

Electricians: Will Pope, Lee Brinkley and Jonh Joe Basagni

Phantom Op: Jason Berman, Love High Speed

Art Director: Stephanie WIlliams

Stylist: Scarlet Wallis

Styling Assistant: Lucy Upton-Prowse

Lifeguard/Medic: Sue Reynolds

Runners: Denis Norty, Elodie Philip and Matias Reyes Fox

Editor: Ross Hallard, Trim

Edit Producer: Tatyana Alexandra

Grade: Richard Fearon, Black Kite

Grade Producer: Tamara Mennell

Directors Rep: HANDS London

Label: Polydor

Commissioner: Emily Tedrake

Categories: Music video, Short Films and Music Videos

Riff Raff Films, Tue, 04 Aug 2020 08:47:08 GMT