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Of all the music promos you can currently bring to mind, how many of them would you say feature a retrofuturistic journey at their heart (it’s OK I can wait while you think about it)? In his promo for Gothenburg band Den Stora Vilan’s För Långt Ut, director Joan Manuel Urquiaga Valdes pays respectful homage to some of cinema’s greatest sci-fi adventures of yesterday such as Solaris and 2001: More »
Trying to capture a musical performance in its entirety without missing anything requires serious planning and attention to detail. Den Lennie over at F-Stop Academy had the monumental task of being the Director of Photography for a live performance of Duran Duran, and rather than film the performance over a number of nights like many tour DVDs, they had just one performance and two hours to get all the material they needed. Check out some of the clips and a description of how Den accomplished this feat along with the help of director Gavin Elder and Producer James Tonkin. More »
Every once in a while a typecasted Hollywood actor goes outside their comfort zone and surprises everyone. Though some might think that there are always selfish motives behind some of these choices, often actors like being challenged and want to participate in projects because they love the material. Shia LaBeouf, unfortunately best known for being the goofy Sam Witwicky in the Michael Bay Transformers series (the newest being Dark of the Moon), turns in a beautifully moving performance in this Alma Har’rel (Bombay Beach) directed experimental music video/film for Sigur Rós. More »
There was once a time when the music video director was the king of all he surveyed, with a filmmaker’s toy box full of gear, exotic locations and armies of extras all lavishly funded by labels happy to recoup the astronomical costs from their artists’ future sales. Those days have long been a thing of the past and nowadays directors are regularly required to work wonders on the tightest of budgets. Fully embracing the frugal nature of the promo budget Colonel Blimp director Jack King reunited with band To Kill A King to create the Yorkshire estate set, four-peice music video/drama My Crooked Saint; comprising Bloody Shirt, We Used To Protest, Family and Wrecking Crew: More »
Music videos have been around for years, and while you’re less likely to see them on television as much anymore (ahem…MTV), there has been a resurgence in the form thanks to services like YouTube and Vimeo spreading the videos around the globe. While the line between short film and music video can be fairly hazy, it’s not often we are fortunate enough to get a full-blown alternate universe and a story serialized over the course of one album. That album, Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming from M83, and its music videos for the songs “Midnight City” and “Reunion,” feature a group of children with super-human abilities. In the timeline of the story, the second video takes place right after the first — so be sure to check them out in that order below. More »
This is a post by Joe Marine… much more to come from Joe soon. Stay tuned!
Nikon’s new D800 will be put through its paces soon enough (we hope), but until then we’ve got some moderately compressed videos to pixel peep. I find it curious that these official company videos always seem more compressed than they ought to be – as if to entice more speculation – but that’s a topic for another post. In any case, this music video, directed by Morten Rygaard and produced by Peter Brodin at Nikon Nordic, gives us a small taste of D800 quality: More »
Egil Pedersen directed the music video for Ruggged Wilderness & Mountain Man No More’s track “Dropping Feathers,” and uses some clever post-production tricks that tell the story in a very organic way. Shot on a Canon 5D Mark II in Norway, the stark black-and-white aesthetic of the video subtly incorporates excellent After Effects work: More »
Director Chris Milk, whose work I’ve covered here before, has released in conjunction with some Google Chrome developers his latest music video, “3 Days of Black,” for the supergroup Rome (which, for this song, consists of Danger Mouse, Daniel Luppi, and Norah Jones). The first full 3D scene is literally eyebrow-raising and the video highlights a number of important web-based storytelling tools, like the 3D browsing technology WebGL. Requires Google Chrome. More »
I like music videos that tell stories, as opposed to ones in which the band plays their instruments and lip-synchs in front of the camera (as if to explain they are a band and they play music). DANIELS (so named because both co-directors are named Daniel) tell a wonderfully dreamlike, mixed-up story of a car crash with their video for the title track off Manchester Orchestra’s forthcoming album Simple Math: More »
What do you do when you have a final studio album from the late, great Johnny Cash, but no way to have the legendary man in black appear in the music video? Crowdsource it. This is what director Chris Milk has done with Cash’s song “Ain’t No Grave,” setting up a Flash-powered website that allows visitors to hand-draw individual frames of the video. The video is then dynamically pieced together from these frames, based on ratings by viewers — in this way, it is an always-changing work of art. Here’s the video in its current incarnation: More »
This post won’t appeal to everyone, but even if you don’t listen to rap music — and “joke” rap at that — the group best known for last year’s novelty smash Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell has a new mix tape out, and to promote it they’ve created not a music video but a game. Regardless of whether you listen to classical or klezmer, hip-hop or happy hardcore, this is a very clever way of getting people to listen to a song repeatedly. More »
The Walkmen’s new album Lisbon is an aural treat, and they’ve been given the multi-angle treatment as part of Pitchfork’s POV Concert Series. The online player allows you to watch their show from any of six angles in real-time (or step back and watch all six angles at once). Here’s the POV interface: More »
I’m a few days late with this, and at the speed of the Internet that might make this old news. But as someone who’s currently evaluating the relative merits of HTML5 vs Flash (for the interactive implementation of my project 3rd Rail), I was intrigued by director Chris Milk’s interactive video for Arcade Fire’s latest album The Suburbs. Built entirely in HTML5 (which means you’ll need a compatible browser to experience it), the multiple window-spawning video makes very clever use of Google Maps and its streetview feature to personalize the video for your own hometown. More »
The video for Dan Deacon’s Paddling Ghost came out nine months ago, but I just re-watched it via RADAR; the charming puppet-laden video, directed by Natalie van den Dungen, is definitely worth a (re)watch. More »
First off: this is weird (which can be taken either as a warning or an endorsement). I was originally going to go with a post title of “Britney Spears’ latest,” and then show this oddball French video, but… only I would think that was funny. So here’s La vengeance de Boorbie by French recording artist Zôl. Music video directed by Charlie Mars. More »
Billy Polard sang a song and then made his own music video using a Nintendo DSi. I found a DSi in the glove compartment of a ZipCar once and gave it to the parking attendent (who probably stole it) — to me, it was disposable. I would have never thought it possible to create something like this on the little handheld gaming device (apparently he used the program FlipNote): More »
The interactive video for Cold War Kids’ “I’ve Seen Enough” video isn’t multi-angle — it’s more “multi-take” — but the idea is the same. While I designed a multi-angle music video player in a similar vein for MTV (it’s in my portfolio — scroll down to the second image), what interests me most isn’t multi-angle storytelling but rather multi-story storytelling, where more than one narrative thread is unfolding simultaneously — and the viewer has a choice as to which one they follow. My in-and-out-of-development project 3rd Rail is exactly this.
Here’s the Cold War Kids video: More »
A hilarious music video from a great band. Sometimes the dance-off just doesn’t get it done.
Directed by Peter Serafinowicz.
Life just feels like this sometimes.
[via Blake Whitman]
It’s rare that a song’s music video relies on the viewer to understand the other tracks from the parent LP. But The Antlers’ Hospice is essentially a concept album about a relationship that withers away — every track is an entry in the same story of emotional and physical wilting. Seen in that context, this video for “Bear” makes a lot more sense. More »