Coldplay 'Champion Of The World' by Cloé Bailly
Cloé Bailly's lovely video for Coldplay's Champion Of The World explores the imagination of a lonely, misunderstood boy - played by Chris Martin - who finds shelter from the pain of the everyday world in his own dreams.
He gets bullied at school, and then he gets bullied at home - the nice heart-rending touch is having the 'real' boy, who Chris Martin is playing, is periodically seen too, but always from behind. With every situation, there is a journey from the reality to his world of the imagination: making his tormentors at school disappear, cars taking flight in his suburban neighbourhood so he can cycle in the middle of the road, and eventually seeing his musicmaking dreams lead him to his fellow bandmembers on TV.
Bailly's visually expressive and cinematic world is bright, whimsical, and enchanting - a cross between Spielberg's vision of surburbia in ET, and Gondry's music videos, and his movie Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
“It’s about this magic power kids have to switch off from reality and jump into their own world, especially when having to cope with pain," says Bailly. "It’s a timeless story about feeling out of place and not fitting in and how this feeling can be the source of infinite creativity and an endless drive in life.”
She adds: “It’s been such an honour to work with Coldplay. They have been so trusting on set, and I am super grateful for them respecting me artistically in the making of this video.”
|Executive Producer||Daniella Manca|
|Production Services||La Panda Productions|
|Service Producer||Elisa Lleras|
|Production Manager||Derek Bishe|
|Production Coordinator||Kim Carney|
|Director of Photography||Patrick Meller|
|Focus Puller||Danny Ferrell|
|2nd AC||Edgar Gomez|
|1st AD||Heather Denton|
|2nd AD||Mark Jopling|
|Drone Operator||Jake Howard|
|Production designer||Fernanda Guerrero|
|Art Director||Christopher Arias|
|Stylist (Artist)||Beth Fenton|
|Artist Groomer||Sienree Du|
|Stylist (cast)||Beth Crofton-Atkins|
|Other credits||YOUNG CHRIS: MARIK KNIGHT POST martes estudio Colourist simon bourne @ framestore LABEL Parlophone records Commissioner SAM SEAGER|
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