Jones 'Melt' by Davis Silis
In his second video for Jones, Davis Silis captures the singer's mesmerizing performance of Melt by employing a distinctive split-image technique allied with a constantly rotating camera move.
With the resources that were available to make it, not surprisingly this posed a huge technical challenge, as Davis explains below.
"There’s a line in the lyrics – “We started with nothing, grew into something” – that got me thinking about the way relationships change who we are over time. How that experience has an impact on you, and the way you influence someone as much as they influence you. That was the visual metaphor of the video; to begin with Cherie [Jones] as she was, and then create a new version of her. Fragment by fragment. Experience by experience.
"The idea was to shoot single long takes of her performance multiple times on just two lenses, so we could add fragments from different takes and the camera would always be in the same position. Our choreographer, Alexandra Green, also created movement that would progressively change over takes, so when we spliced one shot with another, we’d get beautiful layers of movement.
"Motion control wasn’t an option, so the technique came down to old-school human ingenuity by James Rhodes and his ace camera team."
"The obvious way to pull this off was motion control, but that wasn’t an option. So the technique came down to some old-school human ingenuity by James Rhodes and his ace camera team. After the 360º track was laid, they translated each snare hit in the song to marks on the floor, which would be hit by a laser attached to a dolly operated by our grip Rogan, who happened to also be a drummer with an impeccable sense of rhythm.
"Then to separate Cherie from the background, we used a second dolly with a moving green screen, the same laser-guided technique and a second grip, which let us keep both dollies perfectly 180º apart and moving at the same speed, since we didn’t have time to rig or light the entire space in green. The effect was to create a completely natural image, as though it were all in-camera.
"And that was important. To create a video that didn’t feel at all technical, even though it was."
|Executive Producer||Drew O'Neill|
|Executive Producer||Hannah Gracie|
|Director of Photography||James Rhodes|
|Focus Puller||Luke Cairns|
|2nd AC||Hannah Rhodes|
|Art Director||Yasmina Kurunis|
|Other credits||Spark: Ramzey Sabbagh Grip: Rogan Brown Grip: James Powell Choreographer: Alexandra Green Art Department Assistant: Alex Kurunis Post Production: Davis Silis, Carla Osterheld, Amy Betts|
Davis Silis plays with animatronic mirrors, primary colours, soft, glowing light and interesting camera setups for Hoops, his new video for East London singer-songwriter Jones.
For The Kooks' snappy and staccato single Down, Davis Silis translates the high engergy of the soundtrack with an equally snappy, fast-edited montage of contrasting visuals.
Davis Silis has delivered a heart-rending video for Aquilo's track Calling Me, about a young man who faces the hardships of being bullied, and also facing rejection in the very place where …
The safety and warmth of a cocoon gets flipped on its head in Davis Silis' new video for Milky Chance.
The Shiny Awards have announced the last call for submissions to the New Signings Awards - a new …
Biscuit Filmworks have announced the addition of Nathan Miller to its UK roster, a …
Curly Films has announced the first moving image release of 21 year old director Jim Longden, …
Kode Media has announced that they have started the new year with new music video representation …
London-based production company Greatcoat Films has launched a new animation, digital and …
With a new lockdown taking effect throughout Britain, and with many more COVID patients in …