The Artist Explains: Gina Leonard - 'Playing Dead' (Video)
‘Playing Dead’ is taken from Gina’s debut EP ‘Catch’ which was released on the 20th July.
Where was the video filmed?
I filmed the video at home with the help of my friend Dora and my sister Ali using a go-pro.
How does the video compliment the song?
The video compliments the song in a pretty literal way. The first line of the song ‘watching TV in a power cut’ fits with the shots of me watching a blank TV screen. The video, like the song, is dark and bleak. There is a lack of coherence in what I’m wearing and the fact that everything is covered in newspaper which fits with the unsettled feel of the song.
Any behind the scenes stories?
The whole thing was quite unplanned if I’m honest. I raided my next-door-neighbor's bins so I’d have enough newspaper to cover everything, then my sister and my friend came round to help film it. It was my sister’s idea to wear the goggles and I ended up putting on socks because my feet were freezing which completed the strange outfit.
Tell us about the ideas/ themes/ imagery used?
The use of newspaper and the clips of the weatherman contrasted with the living room scene, represent a desire to escape the outside world. We used projections of storm footage which builds on the lyrics:
‘the storm's eye is still open,
wind is stroking the walls outside,
it’s the best excuse I’ve been given,
to pull the curtains to and hide’
What is the message the video is trying to convey?
The video aims to express the desire to shut out the world coupled with the negative effect isolation can have on a person- I do come across as pretty crazy!
Interview feature by Karla Harris