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David Wilson's 'Mind Mischief' Promo for Tame Impala

staging.lbbonline.com, 4 years, 8 months ago

Director creates psychedelic school boy fantasy in retro music video

David Wilson's 'Mind Mischief' Promo for Tame Impala

 

Remember high school? Remember the never ending lessons, the all-consuming crushes, the deep fascination with the opposite sex? However long ago it was, it's a time everyone gets a little wistful about.
 

In his potent new film for Tame Impala's 'Mind Mischief', David Wilson revisits those curiosity-filled days of adolescence, viewing them through a nostalgic and psychedelic lens. It's a film in two parts that explores the magic and mystery of a teenage crush, revolving around the mildly explicit student/teacher fantasy of a wide-eyed schoolboy (played by the breakout star of cult film 'Son of Rambow', Bill Milner).
 

Illustrating the song's theme of 'mind mischief' and inspired by the deep, retro bassline, the film marries the band's opulent and dreamy sound with equally dreamy imagery. Tension is slowly built with misty, lingering scenes of a 70s-era classroom, before taking a cosmic trip through the boy's imagination and into his animated retrofuturistic fantasy. Using his unique talent for turning the familiar into the sublime, David has further developed his extraordinary blend of live action and animation to produce a video that captures the abstract notion of desire in magnificent – and only slightly NSFW – visuals.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
Director: David Wilson
Animation Direction: David Wilson and Thomas Ormonde
EP: Tamsin Glasson
Producer: Julie Crosbie
Production Manager: Drew O'Neill
Casting: Anna Kennedy and Alec Drysdale
Schoolboy: Bill Milner
School Teacher: Liza Callinicos
Male Teacher: Andrew Docker
Schoolboy: Jake de la Mothe, Joshua Charles, Hugh Lovric, Laurence Montagu, Seb Luke-Virgo, Imran Mair, George Kirchner, Jack Kirkwood, James Welsh, Nima Bazcar, JJ Tominey, Stephen Rawson, Tim Walton
DP: Pau Castejon
1st AD: Paul Bennett
2nd AD: James Evered
Location Manager: Stephen Sanchez
Focus Puller: Fran Weston
Loader: Jenny John-Chuan
Grip: Ben Freeman
Gaffer: Jonathan Spencer
Electrician: Jason Martin, Oliver Poole, Lee Martin
Art Director: Laura Johnstone
Art Dept: Jack Johnstone, Luke Judlin, Cassia Dickinson, Susie Gaydos
Wardrobe: Natalie Marie Willis
School Emblem designed by Alex Trochut
Hair & Makeup: Anna Thompson
Runners: Natalia Maus, Jack Glossop
Editor: James Rose at Cut and Run
Illustrator: Andres Guzman
3D Previs: Simone Ghilardotti
Lead Animator: Jonathan Harris
Flash Animators: Michael Zauner, Matt Lloyd, Frankie Swan, Alice Dupre, Sarah Beeby, Ella McLean, Tom Brown, Jack Nelson, Patrick Koduah, David Wilson, Thomas Matuszewski, Tom Bunker
Colourists: Stefan Georgiou, Rezvan Abbaspour, Jamie Fraser, Claire Ritchie, Maria Cecilia, Emmy Castelain, Katy Beveridge, Jessie May Peters, Emma-Rose Dade, Janna Lundius, Steve Shaw, Dele Nuga, Julie Crosbie
Compositing: Thomas Ormonde, Simone Ghilardotti
Sound Mixer: Ben Gulvin at 750mph
Grade: James Bamford at The Mill
Ink Footage: James Lowrey
Commissioner: Glen Goetze at Modular Records
 
Special thanks to Jess Reese for loaning her 2CV, Barnaby Laws at Panalux and Chris Youlton at ARRI