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Clive Jackson is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, whose style combines many different genres, such as rock, pop, blues and folk. He’s a veteran of Newcastle’s music scene and makes films through his production company, Automatic Films

He has combined his musical and film talents on the music video to Perfect Storm, a song from his solo album Rocket Science and we get an exclusive look at it.

Clive tells us more about it:

The music video reflects the themes of the physical and the metaphorical addressed, in the lyrics, but not literally.

Extreme and gloomy weather affecting a mood dramatically and representing circumstances/life events that fuel paranoia, anxiety and a feeling of merely surviving rather than living.   

The video was a collaboration between two North East independent production companies: my own, Automatic films and Mark Dowie’s Blue Square Films.

It was filmed in Trinity Heights recording studio in Newcastle upon Tyne, (Interiors) an abandoned quarry in Northumberland and a World War 2, gun emplacement/lookout/pillbox in Budle Bay also in Northumberland. (Exteriors).

There was a deliberate policy to adopt a cinematic approach and filming style reminiscent of the late 1960’s and early 1970’s.  

Mark Dowie was on camera and Steven Gilvray operated as a production assistant.

The content is essentially a performance video, with highly contrasting locations, the relatively controlled and calm setting of a recording studio and a dystopian, bordering on post apocalyptic backdrop of an old quarry and a World War 2 lookout bunker, both having the sometimes scenic natural world, clashing with the decaying concrete of the man made structures in shot.

The filming went remarkably smoothly, at all locations, maximising the time and space in Trinity Heights recording studio and on the day of filming the exteriors, the weather decided to be unusually kind, in other words, it didn’t rain.

There were no major glitches, a generally positive feel and by a twist of fate, an unavoidable delay in travelling meant, the last exterior scenes were shot just as the sun was setting, the magic hour for Filmmakers.

The Music video is edited and treated to generate a slightly surreal atmosphere, rather than constant fast cuts, it lingers on some of the more dramatic imagery and incorporates the in camera features of blurring, whip pans, varying frame rates etc.

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