Moroccan filmmaker uses VHS vibes to capture the Jack Moves’ 2011 track “Time & Enemy”
“Time & Enemy” by the Jack Moves is a blast from the past, “recorded in 2011 on a four-track tape machine my mom’s garage,” explains singer Zee Desmondes. The song “is a story about a person that’s had their heart broken,” he continues, “and finds themselves falling for someone new but aren’t sure if they should be vulnerable ’cause they want to know if this new love is gonna do them dirty like the last one.”
The video, shot in 2015, was directed by Mohamed Chakiri, a Moroccan photographer based in Norway that met the Jack Moves through skateboarder Quim Cardona. After hearing their new songs, Mohamed felt inspired to make a video for “Time & Enemy” using his old VHS camera and applying his photography approach to the filming style by simply freestyle-shooting his subjects in their natural settings and letting inspiration be the guide. Being a real gritty and old-school-style song, Chakiri thought the VHS quality would be a perfect marriage, not only for its own old-school quality, but because, like the track, there is a timeless beauty to the abstraction that the lower quality of older mediums and production provide.
“I like the fact that it gives you a very close feeling,” Chakiri notes. “It’s too real. The rugged quality and fast frames gives it a dirty look. It’s like your mom’s home-video recordings; they often feel awkward. This quality reminds me about the true awkward realness.”
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