Analog Face-Warping in Brandon Cronenberg’s New Music Video

June 5, 2014 | Marina Galperina

Brandon Cronenberg (Antiviraldirected this music video for Animalia’s “Stifling,” working with cinematographer Karim Hussain.

The video features a cast of one, along with throbbing projections of a face superimposed on a face, light tricks reminiscent of Henri-Georges Clouzot’s unfinished, avant garde Inferno, cheeks pressed on glass, goo-drooling and tinted light. Cronenberg Jr makes a singer singing a song look hypnotic, with heavily stylized visual effects, which all feel decidedly non-digital.