Lay There and Hate Me by Ben Harper and Relentless 7; director: James Frost; prod co: Zoo Films, LA; visual effects: The Mill, LA
James Frost has created this James Bond-esque video for new track Lay There and Hate Me by Ben Harper and Relentless 7…
“I’d been looking at a lot of Robert Brownjohn‘s work around the time I
wrote the treatment, the song evoked the strong saturated colours and
projection techniques of the late 60s early 70s,” says Frost.
“The song had this great groove, so I thought it was a perfect excuse to sit
in a cold studio on a rainy day in December with a naked girl, camera and
projector. The performance part was shot using two cameras, one which fed
directly into our actual camera so it was a pure duplication of itself
which was back projected behind the band. It’s certainly a tried and tested
technique, but still it’s quite trippy at points, particularly if you were
standing behind it. My greatest challenge was getting the band to stop
looking at themselves on the screen behind so they could make strange video
feedback patterns of themselves.”
James Frost also appears in our current issue of CR, which celebrates the mag’s 30th birthday – Frost expresses his delight about the imminent rebirth of Polaroid film in our 30/30 feature, more info here.