'Retro' Nero Reaching Out music video built from 80s stock footage

The video for dubstep act Nero's new single Reaching Out largely eschews faux retro footage in favour of the real thing, with director Johanna Andersson using real 80s stock.

To get the authentic 1980s ‘yacht rock’ look to fit with a song built around a sample from 80s synth legends Hall & Oates Out of Touch, Johanna used original stock from Corbis to build a TV title sequence-style narrative around the incredible original 1980s stock footage.

The video references the opening sequences of classic 80s TV series including Miami Vice and Dallas. It's a world awash with yachts, bikinis, Porsches, and helicopters – with the creators adding ludicrous typography and clunky over-the-top video transitions to match.

Johanna says: “The idea was to reference TV title sequences from the 80's, like Miami Vice and Kojak. By using authentic stock footage we tell the story of a young couple hustling all the way top. When we sent off the work in progress to Nero, the comments that kept coming back were “more girls”. We didn’t have any more footage of 80s girls in bikinis, so we had to look around the office. And let me tell you, I saw a completely new side of our receptionist, Sarah.”


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