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Jess Kohl Narrates the Trials of Teenage Love for Director’s Cut of Meduza's ‘Paradise’

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PRETTYBIRD director shot the atmospheric video in Southern Italy

Jess Kohl Narrates the Trials of Teenage Love for Director’s Cut of Meduza's ‘Paradise’

PRETTYBIRD Director Jess Kohl delivers a narrative of teenage love filmed in the countryside of Southern Italy for the Meduza featuring Dermot Kennedy ‘Paradise’ music video.

The atmospheric promo was filmed in an abandoned town in Basilicata, Southern Italy, a region that director Jess Kohl describes as the ‘Wild West of Italy’, with lots of abandoned architecture. Jess explains: “I had my eyes set on this specific abandoned town because of how dramatic it felt in the landscape. It suited the narrative as it felt like somewhere local youth might hang out and party, particularly during the current climate.”

Jess came up with the concept for the music video, which depicts a love triangle set against the wild background of ancient Italian ruins, the carefree buzz of youthful desire juxtaposed with the historical location. Meduza wanted the stunning location at the centre of the story, in keeping with their previous two music videos. The video was commissioned by John Hassay who collaborated closely with Jess.

Jess’ sensitive direction and depiction of young love rivals gives the film an authentic feeling, and the director cast the hero through Instagram.

Jess says: “We actually cast Molu Mike Banwo, the protagonist of the video, the day before the shoot through instagram. It was his first time on camera and he was quite nervous, but also natural and has a good on screen presence. It was all of the casts first time working with moving image, which I think helped to retain that sense of uncertainty and fragility that accompanies first love.”

Jess Kohl is an award-winning filmmaker who has been described by Shots as ‘The PRETTYBIRD breakthrough capturing the fringes of society’, and her raw directorial style, sensitive direction and authenticity have earned her the Best Director and Best Documentary accolades at Milan Fashion Film Festival, a nomination at Raindance, and has seen her films screened at festivals including BFI Flare, LSFF, and Ciclope.

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Director: Jess Kohl


Production Company: PRETTYBIRD UK 

Exec Producer: Juliette Larthe 

Producer: Chris Murdoch 

Italy Producer: Fabrizia Falzetti

Locations / Production Manager: Dino Centonze

Locations / Production Assistant: Vincenzo D’Onofrio

1st AD: Francesca Rocchio

DOP: Jake Hunter 

Focus Puller: Gigi Piepoli

Steadicam: Simone Lucarelli

Data Manager: Marco Ranieri

Gaffer: Flavio Russo

Grip: Federico Giannace

Driver / PA: Giuliano Carmosino 

Drone: Vincenzo Sidonio & Aldo Amati

Additional Drone: Alex Boulton

Editor: Linda Attab  

2nd Unit and Post Producers: Zac Hancock & Josh Stockdale at Jamz Creative

Drone: Alex Boulton

Additional Editing: Jodie Horne and Alex Boulton

Colourist: Neill Jones

Amazing Cast: Molu Mike Banwo, Alyn Di Pace, Alessandro Averga, Sabrina Dolce, Medi Mezzugi, Fabian Ozabor

Casting: Teresa Salvatrice Martelli

Commissioner: John Hassay

And big thankyou to Emmyland, FAVA Rental and Jamz Creative

Genres: Music & Sound Design, People, Storytelling

Categories: Music video, Short Films and Music Videos

PRETTYBIRD UK, Tue, 01 Dec 2020 10:28:14 GMT