The Golden Age by Woodkid
“The Golden Age”, a music video for Woodkid track “Embers”, the final single from The Golden Age album, is one of the nominations for Best Music Video at the 2015 Grammy Awards. French film director, composer and musician Yoann Lemoine has been releasing his music under the name Woodkid. In this 10 minute long video, released in July 2014, we’re introduced to a nostalgic look at boyhood innocence through a body cast of Yoann’s colleague Thomas Azier in a visual effects sequence arranged by Lemoine himself. The subsequent black and white film, set in a swampy backwater, provides a dreamy narrative moving from tranquility to uncertainty, inspired by 1960s black and white photography by American photographer William Getney.
Yoann Lemoine talks about the inspiration behind the music video…
“The Golden Age is the last single and video for my first album. Throughout the process of directing videos for this story, I slowly removed all digital and post-production layers of my work to finally create this piece. It is somehow a postcard from my childhood, with memories and emotions from the countryside assembled together in a long, free, mellow piece. It’s about the child trapped inside, the haunting memories, the beautiful and the dark ones.
I wanted the camera work and acting direction to be very organic and carnal, in opposition to the digital, rigid and super-composed aspects of the previous videos. That’s why we decided to shoot everything handheld, without any mechanical movement and with no post-production. In that way, I would say this video is very different from the other ones.
It all started when I bought an original print by my favorite photographer, William Gedney, friend and contemporary of Lee and Maria Friedlander, who shot families in rural America in the sixties. I decided that this piece would pay tribute to the beauty of his work and the way he shoots boys and men in their environment, to the sensuality of his eye, which describes so well what I felt for other boys when I was younger.
In order to extend the song and create the right mood for this piece, I collaborated with composer Max Richter. He extended and re-recorded his piece ‘Embers’ to adapt it to the pace and tonality of ‘The Golden Age.’ Together, we created this very free ‘hybrid’ edit of the track, which tells so much about the pace of never ending childhood summers.
In a way, this piece is a final goodbye to four years of work and tour for this album.”
Filming for The Golden Age by Woodkid Featuring Max Richter was shot for Interscope by director Yoann Lemoine (visual effects) via Iconoclast, with art director Chris Clayton, director of photography Kasper Tuxen, producers Roman Pichon Herrera, Christine Miller and Annabel Rosier, production supervisor Susan Porche, commissioner Pierre Le Ny, editor Fred Olszak, Flame artists Hervé Thouement and Hugo Aymerich at One More Production, colourist Didier le Fouest, stylist Mirin “midi” Soliz.
Actors are Matvey Lykov, Jullian Kruithof, Shawnia Willson, Tia Landrum, Matt Page, Chase Grimsley, Brannon Hughes, Jonathan Douglas, Kerrington Hightower, Scott Douglas, Paisley Martin, Brinon Kruithof, Caleb Green, Russel Hightower, Nathalie Kay Dubose and Travis Merindino.