Music is an important part of my life, and when a good song is paired with a creative video – I can’t imagine a bigger treat. Well, Ankur Sabharwal’s Better Man has it both. The video was made from whopping 37,000 film photos, greatly inspired by early cinema. It’s incredibly creative and mesmerizing, paired with a song that you’ll want to play over and over again.
Ankur describes the video as a “music video filmed in 1921 and out 100 years later.” And it really looks like that. Georges Méliès’ A Trip to the Moon (1902) sparked the idea and the concept was based on it. The inspiration for the character in the video was French mime legend, Marcel Marceau. The idea was to recreate a vintage video from the early 20th century, but stay contemporary in expression, as Ankur describes.
The shooting took two days, six different setups, and seven crew members. It was all done on a Nikon F5 camera and took 600 feet (~180m) of Ilford Kentmere 400 film. 100 rolls were then hand-processed, dried, cut, sleeved and scanned for digital editing. The final video was made with 8 frames per second, much like the vintage movies it resembles.
As you’ve probably figured so far, I love everything about this video and song. I truly admire the time and devotion that the team invested into making it. It also seems to me that a lot of props were DIY, which is another thing I enjoy seeing. I also love the song so much that it made me look for other Ankur’s songs on YouTube. So, as far as I’m concerned, Better Man has it all: the music that makes me move and the video that makes me watch it over and over again. Make sure to check it out and let me know if you like it as much as I do.
[via Laughing Squid]