Director - Justin Izumi / Maximilian Wiedenhofer
DoP - Björn Knechtel
Exec. Producer - Anna Honerlagen
Producer - Eva Liedtke
Production Assistant - José Julio Park Shin
1st AC - Max Zaher
2nd AC - Ingo Blacha
Gaffer - Sven Vöhser
Make Up Artist - Juliane Polak
Styling - Oliver Barduhn
Editor - Maximilian Wiedenhofer
Colorist - Justin Kruse
Dancers/Choreography by: Katariina Tuomiluoma, Susanne Kühn
DIRECTOR Chel White
STUDIO Bent Image Lab - bentimagelab.com
MUSIC BY Thom Yorke
Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke describes this song as his most political work. "Harrowdown Hill," is part of Yorke's solo album, "The Eraser," which released in August 2006. After seeing the short films of Chel White, Yorke sought him out to direct his next music video.
White, who is co-founder of Bent Image Lab in Portland, OR, chose to incorporate an innovative technique that he and the rest of the Bent artists had been researching previous to this project. Dubbed Smallgantics, the technique takes footage of large objects (rivers, factories, city skylines) and makes them appear as though they are actually miniatures. In "Harrowdown Hill," Chel used aerial footage to be miniaturized using Smallgantics.
Smallgantics, inspired by tilt-shift photography, took the principles inherent with using tilt-shift lenses (lenses that sit at an angle in comparison to the film plane, creating a sloped focal plane which can at times simulate short depth of field and can distort the apparent size of subjects), and pushed them to a new level. Instead of the apparent blurriness of the subject matter being dependent on its vertical alignment in the picture, Bent broke the image up into its apparent planes of depth. So, just like in actual shallow depth of field, it is the subject's proximity to the lens that determines its sharpness.
The process involves splitting the footage up into several vertical planes that move back over the perceived z-axis, or into the image along its perceived depth. These planes are then affected with varying degrees of blur to simulate a shallow depth of field. If done right, the amount of blur increases smoothly as it moves along the planes of the image. Next, these levels of blur are animated to simulate a change in focus or to compensate for the forward movement of the camera.
Chel White's video for Thom Yorke's, "Harrowdown Hill," won Best Music Video at South by Southwest (SXSW) 2007, ResFest 10, and The Worldwide Short Film Festival. It was nominated for Best Music Video and Best Special Effects at MVPA and FutureShorts.
"The winner of this year's South by Southwest (SXSW) music video award is described as 'a quietly intense call to consciousness in an age of disinformation, preemptive war and unprecedented governmental secrecy.' Thom Yorke's 'Harrowdown Hill,' directed by Chel White, offers a visually compelling bird's eye view of some of the biggest challenges facing our society today, including global warming and petroleum consumption." -MusicVideoWire.com
Hear the original ZZ Top Eliminator rehearsal tapes at: vimeo.com/215450297
This Video and Music by Linden Hudson. Who is Linden Hudson?
CLASSICBANDS DOT COM said: “According to former roadie David Blayney in his book SHARP DRESSED MEN: sound engineer Linden Hudson co-wrote much of the material on the ZZ Top ELIMINATOR album.”
(ZZ Top never opted to give Linden credit, nor did the band opt to pay Linden, they treated him like dirt)
(there was a limited lawsuit, which took years and brought Linden limited financial compensation)
LICKLIBRARY DOT COM (2013 interview) ZZ TOP'S BILLY GIBBONS SAID: “the Eliminator sessions in 1983 were guided largely by another one of our associates, Linden Hudson, a gifted engineer, during the development of those compositions.” (end quote) (Gibbons admits this after 30 years, but offers Linden no apology or reparations for lack of credit/royalties) ++
MUSICRADAR DOT COM (2013 interview with ZZ Top's guitarist Billy Gibbons broke 30 years of silence about Linden Hudson introducing synthesizers into ZZ Top's sound.) Gibbons said: “This was a really interesting turning point. We had befriended somebody who would become an influential associate, a guy named Linden Hudson. He was a gifted songwriter and had production skills that were leading the pack at times. He brought some elements to the forefront that helped reshape what ZZ Top were doing, starting in the studio and eventually to the live stage. Linden had no fear and was eager to experiment in ways that would frighten most bands. But we followed suit, and the synthesizers started to show up on record.” (once again: there were no apologies from ZZ Top or Billy Gibbons)
Read Linden's story of the making of the super-famous ZZ Top ELIMINATOR album at: flickr.com/people/152350852@N02/
The Linden Hudson story has returned after more than 30 years to haunt Billy Gibbons. The internet made that possible.
LINDEN HUDSON IS IN WIKIPEDIA (do a "find" on each page for Linden)
GO TO: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ZZ_Top +++ AND GO TO: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eliminator_(album)
GO TO: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sharp_Dressed_Man +++ AND GO TO: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legs_(song)
GO TO: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Got_Me_Under_Pressure +++ AND GO TO: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TV_Dinners_(song)
GO TO: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musical_plagiarism +++ AND GO TO: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Loco
The sexy nude model is Liz Ashley (she's posed for Playboy, Penthouse & Hustler). Nude art, Erotic art.
Vocals, guitars, songwriting, & sound engineering on "Raylene" by Linden. Video shot & edited by Linden.
(In 2015 Linden's Vimeo channel received 3.2 million views. In the 5 year period of 2010 to 2015 it was 8.5 million views.)