Promonews - 5th Oct 2021

Prosper Unger-Hamilton turns alt-J's trip to the skatepark into an acid-fuelled fever dream for U&ME, the first release from the band's long-awaited fourth album.

Inspired by '90s skate videos, Unger-Hamilton - brother of bandmember Gus - incorporates inspired use of visual effects into his lo-fi footage filmed at Romford skatepark, riffing on the classic paranoia of the stoned skater, both before and after a horrible faceplanting smash by singer Joe Newman.

With gigantic bowls, towering ramps, incoming twisters and crumbling asphalt, Unger-Hamilton visualises some unspoken skater-fears in a mesmeric, dreamlike style reminiscent of early DANIELS and BRTHR videos.

And as well as achieving that rarity of having alt-J themselves appearing in their own video, he even gets a murmur of lipsync in there too, from the facially-injured Newman.  

PRO Credits

Credits

DirectorProsper Unger-hamilton
ProducerMrMr
Production CompanyMrMr
1st ADGizem Kuru
Director of PhotographyIsaac Eastgate
Focus PullerKarl Hui
2nd ACNina Mangold
Camera operatorSirus F Gahan
GafferOliver Craig
Art DirectorDavid O'Neil
WardrobeNichola Farnan
Make-upJess Summer
EditorSam Allen
Editing companyHomespun
ColouristThomas Mangham
Post production companyBlack Kite Studios
VFXMetaphysic Ltd
CommissionerAndrew Law
Other creditsProduction Assistant: Noot Coats Runners: Tyshan Dwyer, Jashan Walton DIT: Ross Wilson Camera Assistant: Brian Blockyer Spark: Harrison Newman Art Department Assistant: Matty Mancey Jones

Promonews - 5th Oct 2021

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