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Stolen Shots is a column in which our bud, fellow director Caleb Jackson picks apart some music videos that we love. Check out what he’s got to say, because it’s awesome.

Let me just get this out of the way- SO MANY THINGS about this video absolutely kill me!!! It’s seriously like a whole art film crammed into 3 minutes. It seems to work backwards, progressively exposing more narrative and giving up only as much explanation as is needed for a project this abstract. To me, this video is pointed inward. The protagonist exists as 3 people- all of which serve as different psychological functions. It does a good job of showing off a theme of identity crisis through the different scenarios that interact with each other. It’s arty for sure, but it seems to have a meaning. You can see how the character runs from himself, and creates a disguise (the burlap sack) to hide his identity. The perspective is dark, but shows how human nature plays out within each person, and how everyone tries to fight off darkness and struggle for truth. It’s not pretty, and sometimes our ugly side catches up to us.

The makeup and costume design are absolutely on point here. Obviously the ugly component of the character is one of the main highlights, and it’s totally believable. Kudos to makeup artist Whitney Banks for pulling this effect off, and letting the actor have the ability to lip-synch! The cinematography is just as good, but I can tell the driving shots were a little harder for the crew to get right. However, the handheld feel totally fits the campy action vibe they are going for.

I watch a lot of videos that seem vintage, or have a certain homage to an era, but this one really goes the extra mile with 80’s camp,  cheesy crossfades, 4×3 frame, and flat, colored lighting that distinguishes itself from softer lighting schemes that are more common. Another thing I love is the subtle self awareness that shines through- this is something I don’t see enough in the indie scene. I love how the protagonist wears a jacket with the song title on the back, and how the two characters [with faces] sing the lyrics to the camera in one setup.

Overall, it was refreshing and fun for me to watch, and I’m stoked to see what Y2K has to offer for part 2! I love when directors are able to combine abstraction and cohesive narrative together in a way that confuses you, but only enough to make you get into the world and want more!

Caleb

Caleb Jackson is a director/writer/producer at Felt Film. He’s got some more music video reviews at Lowlyer.