Yvette Farmer’s Hitchcock-Inspired Alien Mystery
Released this month, ‘Have Some Pride’ is short film style promo written and directed by Yvette Farmer, a truly Hitchcock-inspired alien mystery for the electro-pop duo ‘People Like You’.
Yvette immediately connected with the track and theme leading her to create a cinematic, narrative promo filled with obsession, referencing Hitchcock’s ‘Vertigo’ (1958), whilst at the same time playing with the audience’s perception of who is alien and who is human as the story unravels.
“Visually, the mystery woman needed to stand-out like an escaped budgie as an exotic and colourful presence in the film. I was inspired for this by childhood my pet budgie. It escaped, and the kids on the street told me it wouldn’t last long because the local birds, the starlings & sparrows, would attack it for being so foreign. That’s why the character’s hiding her bright yellow body under a beige coat…,” said Yvette Farmer
It was important for Farmer, that the film’s look referenced the Technicolor of Hitchcock’s films from this period and the work to achieve that started in wardrobe & art direction choices, choosing colours to ‘pop’ on screen and continued into the grade where she spent many hours achieving a close match.
Shot over 2 days at several locations in North London, this quirky film’s final location was set in the abandoned platform location was the site of Crouch End Railway Station. The man sized ‘Spriggan’ sculpture by Marilyn Collins featured refers to a local urban legend, a ghostly 'goat-man' who apparently haunted the walk in the 1970s and 1980s. Local children playing out in the evenings would 'dare' each other to walk the Parkland Walk from the Crouch End Hill bridge to the Crouch Hill bridge in the darkness. The sculpture, and Parkland Walk generally, also provided the inspiration for Stephen King's short story "Crouch End".
Director - Yvette Farmer
Production Company – 4am Films
Exec Producer - Corin Taylor
Producer - Liam Creighton DP - Annette Remler
Label – Pschent Music
MIBs - Adrienne Dennehy & Manuel Moutier aka People Like You
Mystery Woman - Anna Swan
Mechanic - Natan Barreto
Garage Boy - Leo Green
Casting Director - Sophie Dewey
Focus Pullers - Ryan Parkins, Sebastian Cort
2nd AC - Ozlem Akturk
Grip - Rupert van den Broek
DIT - Esrael Alem Gaffer - Aaron Szogi
Sparks - Harry Gay, Sebastian Cort, Jonathan Tomlin, Mirco Valenza, Diana Olifirova
Art Director - Thomas Durrant Stylist - Sara Polonghini
Make Up & Hair Artist - Ala Pangracova
Production Manager - Dave French
1st AD - Liam Creighton
2nd AD - Charlie Galustian
PA/ Drivers - Celia Watson, Kenny Douglas
Editor - Simon Brasse
Colourist - Belgin Kaplan
VFX - Dirk Riesenfeld, Ursula Prieto & Lukas Schwabe
Additional - Jan Daube & Andrea Dutti @ whambamproductions.com
Online - Jason Farrow
Genre: People , Storytelling