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Mandopop Star Bibi Zhou Is Puppet Master in This Ethereal Promo

Prettybird's Jodeb directs music video traversing celestial and intergalactic landscapes

Mandopop Star Bibi Zhou Is Puppet Master in This Ethereal Promo

This music video from Canadian filmmaker Jodeb transforms Mandopop star Bibi Zhou into an interdimensional puppet master controlling the lives of characters in her orbit. The promo is for her latest track ‘Lunar’.  Zhou delivers a suitably celestial performance befitting the title of her new release.  

The video was shot in Montreal and Iceland, with a cast of dancers. Jodeb creates an other-worldly landscape inhabited by brooding glaciers, basalt column caves, black sand beaches and moonlit lagoons, as a canvas for the magnetic presence of Bibi Zhou. ‘Lunar’ was commissioned by NOWNESS senior commissioner Michael Lewin, out of production companies Prettybird UK and Colossale.

Jodeb conceived the music video for ‘Lunar’ as a visual metaphor for self-awareness, primal feminine power and emotional turbulence.  He captures Zhou’s inner strength and conveys the inner dialogue of self-control versus letting go with visual metaphors inspired by his love of human psychology and video games. “The video is about inner struggle and desperate measures. I tried to make an epic painting in motion that creates a dualism between uncontrollable forces, such as the moon and gravity, and inner struggles that are universal to everyone,” explained Jodeb. 

Jodeb expands: “I went for a subconscious idea of a strong beautiful woman fighting some inner demons/personas, illustrating the walls between her feelings. I like to put unlikely elements against each other, often an adult vs child concept. It was an experiment in expression and style. I was looking to create a simple, effective experience where you would rather feel than understand the concept. For me, it’s a very liberating process to just let myself go with a simple theme that shouldn’t require clutter, and let my amazing collaborators play with it as well. It’s been an incredible experience both in Montreal and Iceland, with unbelievable dancers and a crew of friends.”

Chinese artist Bibi Zhou has achieved international recognition in the Mandopop genre, a subgenre of commercial pop music sung in Mandarin.  Zhou has released 12 studio albums and won Best Worldwide Act at the European MTV Awards in 2014.  Her evolving style transcends Mandopop to embrace pop, rock and electronica, and has gained her recognition internationally as well as stellar status in China.  

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NOWNESS

Senior Commissioner: Michael Lewin

Production

Production Company: PRETTYBIRD UK / COLOSSALE

Director: Jonathan Desbiens

Director of Photography: Kristof Brandl

Visual Creative Director: Lucia Liu

Executive Producer: Juliette Larthe

Colossale / Executive Producer: Vlad Cojocaru

Head of Production: Hannah May

Executive Producer: Hannah Bellil

Production Manager: Stefan Petrisor

Choreographer: Amy Gardner

Executive Stylist for Bibi Zhou: Betty Zhou at theBallroom

Make-Up Artist & Hair Stylist for Bibi Zhou: ChuanBo Zhang

Project Manager: Nono Sun at theBallroom

Coordinator: Effy He at theBallroom

Stylist for Dancers: AJ Helie

Stylist Assistant 1: Bianka Roussel Marino

Stylist Assistant 2: Daniel Dessureault Wright

Montreal Production

Producer: Mathieu Leduc

Production Manager: Smith

1st AD: Stephane Bourdeau

1st AC: Mathieu Nadon

2nd AC: Charles Durand-Morin

Video Assist: Ronald Casseus

Steadicam: Hugo Longtin

Key Gaffer: Jacques Girard

Key Grip: Stephane Leblanc

BB Electric: Tony Pelletier

BB Electric: Loik Lessard

BB Grip: Andre Caron

BB Grip: Samuel Dempsey Rosemberg

BB Grip: Jean Marc Plante

Art Director: JF Clement

Art Dept. Assist: Sofia Rojas

Art Dept. Assist: Paola Ridolfi

Art Build: Mordicus Inc.

Props Master: Julie Vigneault

PA: Alexis Tremblay

PA: Arnaud Provencal

PA: Edouard Provencal

Iceland Production

Production: Hero Productions

Producer: Bui Baldvinsson

Line Producer: Þóra Margrétardóttir

Location Manager: Alfred Gislason

Focus Puller: Michael Hannides

2nd AC: Rútur Skæringur

Key PA: Finni

Runner: Ingimundur Viktor Helgason

Runner: Malwina Bieniawska

Runner: Sigrun Erlingsdottir

Runner: Tota Van Helzing

Dancers: Stefanie Noll, Morgan Williams, Maeva Berthelot, Mehdi Baki

Category: Music video , Short Films and Music Videos

Genre: Choreography , Visual VFX