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in Filmmaking
on Jul 21, 2006

It’s great when one of your favorite directors releases something starring one of your favorite actresses… and you had no idea that it was even in the works! James Ponsoldt just emailed me to tell me about this new Chris Cunningham music video, his first in seven years, which features Samantha Morton. The band is The Horrors, the song is “Sheena is a Parasite,” and, according to Director File (linked above):

…the 1.5-minute clip, narrated by lead singer Faris Badwan, stars Samantha Morton as the song’s manic, transmogrifying subject who whips around like a banshee and spews her intestines at you. Sharply edited and shot on a low budget, the video burns on the bass’ running pulse, and provides more fleshy fodder for Cunningham fans. The video’s producer was Jim Wilson; it was posted at Golden Square.

The video will be released on a DualDisc on 31 July 2006 via The Horrors’ homebase, Loog Records.

Shots has more:

Cunningham was not available for comment, but Golden Square’s Inferno artist Rachel Mills, who worked closely with him throughout the process, explained how the promo was done. “‘Sheena Is A Parasite’ took three weeks of flame compositing,” she says. “The whole concept and visual identity of the spot was devised by Chris. The main takes of the promo were filmed in a studio on DV CAM with many other elements shot specifically to fit in with the edit, at a later date, by Chris working at home.

“The post work involved multi-layer composites, seamless transitions between takes and cleaning up backgrounds. One of the challenges of working on the video is the frame accuracy of the visual/audio synchronization. This predetermines the necessity to use multiple takes for shots to sync perfectly,” she added.

Wanna see it? Shots is streaming it here.

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