Some say the art of storytelling on screen is like magic.
With clever use of light, camera angles and other (post) production techniques you can encourage your audience to believe in characters and plot twists.
In today’s world of computer generated imagery and other digital advances, some directors are choosing to keep it lo-fi and experiment with more traditional techniques but still create mind-bending results.
Oscar Hudson is a great example of this. In music videos for Radiohead and musician Bonobo he’s refused green screen and instead chose to build detailed sets and props for his characters to interact with.
Oscar based the story on the Japanese phenomenon of the Hikikomori &ndash young people who become overwhelmed by life and hide themselves away in their rooms at home. Together with art director, Luke Moran-Morris and a team of production design/art department assistants, they built an 18-layer set with every item in the room – plus the room itself – created 18 times in decreasing size.
The clever use of a simple prop that fits with the Japanese theme – the face mask – meant he could employ 10 similar looking actors to take it in turns in appearing as the same character in the 18 different scenes (rooms).
With his director of photography (DOP) Oscar designed a grip for his camera that could make its way through the rooms to shoot the video in no more than two takes. This must have involved a lot of choreography and direction to get this right but he’s really honed this technique in other music videos.
These combined techniques – industry tricks ndash; are what promotes that unsettling feeling of claustrophobia felt by the main character who’s locked himself away from the world.
Find out more about Oscar’s approach for the video on It’s Nice That
Explore more of Oscar’s work on his website
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