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Villagers 'Earthly Pleasures' by Tom Werber
Very slowly, after about 25 years, taking the literal approach to directing music videos may be coming back into fashion. That's if Tom Werber's engrossingly surreal and ultimately chilling video for Villagers' Earthly Pleasures is anything to go by...
Villagers' Conor O'Brien sings of a man on a voyage of discovery, and Tom illustrates his fantastic journey from bathroom to battlefield to being balanced on the knee of a goddess – while in his Y-fronts. Here's inventive visual storytelling completely in tune with the songwriting - and there's a great performance by Jean Baptiste Fillon as the (very mortal) man.
Tom Werber: "It's an illustrative interpretation and it's been interesting to see people's reactions to that! It was a decision I made when I heard the song, which has a very strong story to it.
"I decided to treat the song as if it were a script. That's quite unusual for music videos - I certainly wouldn't do it for everything - but in this case I really like the result."
|Production Company||Smith & Werber|
|Director of Photography||Matthew Beecroft|
|Art Director||Aurelie Taillefer|
|Editor||Smith & Werber|
|Colourist||Jean Paul Vial|
|Grading company||Clear Cut Pictures|
|1st AC||Thomas Nicholson|
|2nd AC||Ivor Churchill|
|Other credits||Cast Man: Jean Baptiste Fillon Goddess: Shereen Russell Catering: Barbara's Brazilian Kitchen Camera: Movietech Lighting: Filmplus Studio: Soundstage Studios Space images: courtesy of NASA. Special thanks: Andy Cooper at Movietech, Ben West at Filmplus, Seb Barker, Paul Jibson|
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