David Knight - 29th Jan 2014

In his second video for Kwes – following Bashful in 2012  - Ian Pons Jewell has created a dark and minimal theatricality around the theme of the song Rollerblades, from Kwes's acclaimed debut album ilp.

It features an enigmatic dancing rollerblader – skating pro Juan Tocino – who takes a plug out of Kwes’s neck, draining him until just a pile of clothes is left. Well, we are mostly water apparently. Especially at the moment. 

Ian Pons Jewell:

"It was a great pleasure to work with Kwes again as I find his music really inspiring to write to. It has a strong sense of narrative about it, with a structure to it that's very different to a lot of music out, taking you for a strange ride. The skater idea came about directly from Kwes' lyrics and developed from there, with the water theme also being in connection to the final sound.

"We feel really lucky to have found Juan Tocino who trained ex champion Artistic Rollerkskaters. Someone with his ability, look, but above all performance ability don't come by often. Pushing the steadicam more than usual with Doug was great, letting shots play out a lot longer than we usually would, partly due to how amazing Juan was. Though fully planned out structurally before, we finalised the blocking and choreography on the day, with Juan never missing a mark."

PRO Credits


DirectorIan Pons Jewell
Production CompanyWanda Productions
ProducerMelodie Roulaud
Executive ProducerAbi Hodson
Executive ProducerCeline Roubaud
1st ADCaleb Wissun Bhide
Director of PhotographyDoug Walshe
Focus PullerBruno Travers
GafferGreg Whitbrook
SparkDaniel McCormick
Camera AssistantLiran Barlev
StylistAmeena Kara Callender
WardrobeJean Callender
Make-upAnna Thompson
Assistant ProducerLuke Preston
ColouristLuke Morrison
Grading companyThe Mill
EditorGaia Borretti
VFXBrad Wood
Post ProducerSerena Noorani
CommissionerLaura Tunstall
Other creditsStylist Assistant: Isabella Lopez Smith SUPER Runners: Ollie Paxton & Jack Hobbs Special Thanks: Louis Cooper Robinson

David Knight - 29th Jan 2014

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