DAVID reviews

19 January 2017

No Reason (ft Nick Murphy)

by Syd Briscoe

Bonobo: “No Reason (ft Nick Murphy)” - 4 mins 03s

According to director Oscar Hudson, this film accompanying LA-based musician Bonobo's track 'No Reason' is about staying indoors. The promo explores the Japanese phenomenon of hikikomori - young people so overwhelmed by life that they retreat to their bedrooms for years at a time.

All the effects were done practically in camera, with the production team building eighteen almost identical rooms and props in multiple sizes. The team also had to figure out an entirely new way of moving their miniature camera smoothly through the restricted space on set.

Hudson does seem to like making things hard for himself, but the effort has certainly paid off. The end result has a surreal, Alice in Wonderland quality to it, as the room shrinks and grows according to the protagonist's mental state - claustrophobic and cavernous by turns.

Film Production: Pulse Films Ⓦ
Director: Oscar Hudson
Director's Agent: OB Management Ⓦ
Producer: Matthew Posner
Executive Producer: Sarah Boardman
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