The Chain

Ever felt like a small cog in a big, nasty machine? Same old shit, day in, day out?

'The Chain' is an unsettling vision of the near future in which labour is brutally commodified. One unnecessary death pushes a tormented worker to question the status quo, but the system doesn’t fight fair…

The idea came about from listening to the track again and again, taking in the cyclical nature of the track and the monotonous existence of the factory workers, and is based on reading many horrific articles about mass labour in China.

The mix of green screen and CGI footage came about from the need to shoot in lockdown, and the desire to set the film in the near future, we wanted to achieve the scale and design, whilst keeping a real human element in the performances.
Meticulous planning was essential to create this on the tiny budget of £5k. It has taken one year to create, working on it nearly full time.

Harvey (Director)

  • Harvey Eaton
  • Harvey Eaton
  • Alex Guo
    Key Cast
  • Rick Kiesewetter
    Key Cast
  • Arno Verano
    Key Cast
  • Kazuyo Enomoto
    Key Cast
    "Abused Worker"
  • Reiss Kershi
    Key Cast
    "Nervous Worker"
    City of Tiny Lights
  • Olivia Freeman
    Key Cast
    "Brave Worker"
  • Will Lowes
    Key Cast
  • Harvey Eaton
  • Lee Thomas
  • Project Type:
    Music Video, Short
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 50 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 22, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
    Mandarin Chinese
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  • Aspect Ratio:
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director - Harvey Eaton