Bonobo just released his latest album “Migration”. He has now shared a new video for “No Reason,” a collaborative track with Nick Murphy (the producer formerly known as Chet Faker). Directed by Oscar Hudson, the hypnotizing clip explores a surreal, never-ending series of interconnected rooms as a man grows exponentially inside them.
The director of the video Oscar Hudson set out to make a film that, through an inventive physical concept, tried to link environment directly to psychology.
While researching these themes, Hudson learned about the Japanese phenomenon of hikikomori—young Japanese people so overwhelmed by life’s pressures that they retreat to their bedrooms and don’t leave for years at a time. With this fascinating intersection between physical and psychological spaces, Hudson hit upon the idea of building a series of rooms that gradually and claustrophobically shrink down around their occupant.
“As with much of my work, we achieved the film using only in-camera physical effects,” says Hudson. “We had to design an entirely new way of moving our miniature camera to get it to fit through the tiny doorways and travel smoothly for such a long distance. We also had 18 rooms all at different scales, so we had to duplicate and shrink every single prop that features in the set, which is obviously was a ton of work.”
“Doing this film with CGI would have been a thousand times easier, but for me, it’s physicality and imperfections are what make it different, and I hope better,” he adds.