Feature Scene: Video Premier – GUY PEARCE

Jameson & Co. and What’s My Scene are honoured to present the new music video by Guy Pearce, who has collaborated with Melbourne-based filmmaker Tim White for a second time, delivering a smart, sophisticated new music video for “Truth”, taken from Pearce’s recently released second album, “The Nomad”.

Two-time nominee of the Cannes Young Director Award (2013 and 2014) and ARIA Best Music Video Award (2017), White’s first effort with Pearce was the quirky, comical clip for “Fly All The Way”, taken from the actor’s debut album in 2014, “Broken Bones”.

Says Pearce, “After all the fun we had making the video for ‘Fly all the Way’ Tim White and I became fast friends and I knew I wanted to work with him again.

“’Truth’ was the song Tim responded to from this latest album, which made sense really because of its off-beat vibe … it’s much less earnest and melancholic than the rest of the songs on ‘The Nomad’.

“We wanted to keep the clip simple and certainly not as nutty as ‘Fly’, and so Tim had the idea of a ‘single shot’ performance piece incorporating a small choir. We then decided we wanted a costume change so we settled on two shots instead.

“There were a lot of moving parts and so each shot took a bit to rehearse and perfect. I think we did 15 to 20 takes of each, all on one day at Docklands Studios in Melbourne. Camera movement, lighting changes, choreography and of course my performance all needed to synchronise in order to successfully present the song properly.

“Tim’s pretty much a perfectionist, which I love of course. As much as I like VFX, it’s very cool to capture everything on camera and Tim wasn’t going to let us off without it being right.

“I hope you like it!”

Says White, “I feel very privileged to have the opportunity to create another music video with Guy (especially after the wackiness of our previous effort for ‘Fly All the Way’). He’s an amazing collaborator and so supportive and trusting of my ideas.

“We wanted ‘Truth’ to be more of a stripped back performance clip, revealing Guy as the rock star he’s perhaps not best known as.

“Though there’s only two shots in this video, there were a lot of moving parts and complicated elements at play; there are over 400 lighting cues that were mostly pre-programmed and synced to the track by lighting designer Andre Vanderwert (whom I made one of my earliest music videos with). The camera was mounted on this amazing Frankenstein of a dolly by grips Dan Mitton and Dane Clarke, and choreographed to move fluidly around the Docklands Studios space by cinematographer extraordinaire Ed Goldner (my first time working with these guys).

“Another first time collaboration was with stylist Eugyeene The, who did a brilliant job of dressing Guy as the suave rock-dog he was born to be.

“We managed to pull together an absolute dream team of a crew, most of whom I’ve worked with many times before: legendary producers Jamie Houge and Ruth Morris are frequent collaborators of mine, as are my favourite 1st AD Robbie McEwan, 1st AC Austin Haigh, Gaffer Tom Savige and the gorgeous Dan Stonehouse & Gabe Russo at Crayon. I even managed to cast my entire family in our little background choir!

“Working with Guy is a total dream – he brings an infectious level of passion and professionalism to set and an incredibly rare honesty and earnestness to his music.”

Guy Pearce’s albums – “The Nomad” and “Broken Bones” are available worldwide on all digital platforms, with physical formats (CD and vinyl) available in Australian music stores, or through www.guypearce.net

About Mary Boukouvalas 948 Articles
Mary is a music photographer and reviewer.

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