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Clowning About

Advance warning to any coulrophobics out there: this post may contain clowns.

A whiletime ago I helped Leila Watts with her first music video. It was a hand drawn animation for the song ‘Staying True’ by David Thomas Broughton. You can watch it just below.

Anyway, this was all part of a plan to have a video made for each track on the album. As the deadline approached, no-one had gotten round to claiming the penultimate track on the record, so I stepped in. I’m doing a lot of editing right now, so the chance to get something new shot was rather appealing.

I came up with the most simple idea I could, something I usually struggle with, and called in two very good actors who wouldn’t mind making a scene in public. Leila got on board with costume and make-up, and Aidan took up second camera. Here’s what we ended up with:

Hope you enjoyed it, and if you’d like to see any of the other videos, head on over to David Thomas Broughton’s website, http://www.davidthomasbroughton.co.uk/

Until next time…

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Shooting High and Low

A couple of months ago I nipped up to Scotland to shoot a new music video for indie folk band The Low Anthem with End of the Road Films.

Back in 2009 I worked on the animated video for ‘Charlie Darwin’; building sets and doing the odd bit of animating. That video came out very nicely, so I was eager to work with the band again, this time directing along-side Glenn and Simon.

The song, ‘Boeing 737’ is the first single off their new album Smart Flesh, and is based around an imaginary meeting with Philippe Petit in a bar at the top of one of the Twin Towers.

After first listening to the track, Simon came up with the image of high-wire walkers pacing through trees, birdlike in their appearance, stalked by men with axes below. Ben liked the idea, but wanted the axe-men to have more of a backstory. We chatted about the idea a bit more, and then I went off to draw up a storyboard.

I thought it would be interesting to imagine a world where tight-rope walkers were a species -indigenous to certain areas – who were hunted and sold on to circuses. Our axe-men would be from a destitute circus, who had worked their previous walkers to death and decided to catch their own this time (hoping to cut out the hunter’s fee).

We got Leila Watts on board again as production designer, so she got straight to work on the bird costumes. Most of the circus men’s costumes were borrowed from a theatre production my parent’s had been working on, while other bits were also made by Leila – for example both clown ruffs were made by hand.

For this video we also brought in a wonderful DOP, Pablo Rojo Guadarrama. This was my first time not shooting my own work, and Pablo did an incredible job (far better than I ever could have), along with 1st and 2nd AC’s, Thor Eliasson and Poom Saiyavath.

If you ever get the chance to work with any of them I would seriously recommend it, and hope to do so myself very soon.

We also had the opportunity to shoot on the new RED – The Mysterium X. This is the same camera ‘The Social Network’ was shot on last year and it captures a ridiculous amount of image data. That meant a lot when it came to grading the video, but also allowed us to shoot later in the day as the light began to fade. In fact some of my favourite shots in the video were captured just before dusk, as the light turns silver.

Of course you can’t have a video about tight-rope walkers without… well… tight-rope walkers.

Fortunately, we had some of the best out there; Jade Kindar-Martin, and his wife Karine Mauffrey. Both had previously worked as part of Cirque du Soleil and Jade has broken Guiness World-Records on the high-wire. They were brilliant to work with, bravely facing the freezing Scottish weather in little more than leotards, and still giving beautiful performances.

For one shot we had planned to digitally add the falling figure of a walker, not imagining it would be possible to do in reality. That was until we discovered that Karine was in fact a professional stunt woman and would be up for doing in on a harness. Brilliant! One simple wire removal later and we have an absolutely stunning shot.

Okay, before I rattle on any more, here’s the final video. Have a look if you haven’t already, and if you have… maybe refresh your memory.

But what’s that I hear you ask? Who were those dashing circus men?

Well, from left to right; Charles Wemyss, Jimmy, Jason Lehmer, Tommy and Diego Cazzetta.

Diego and Jason have worked with us on videos before, building sets, and are part of the team behind End of the Road festival. We figured it was time to stop wasting their good looks behind the camera, and thrust them into the lime-light.

The woodland we shot in actually belongs to Charles’ family, while Jimmy and Tommy are the past and current generation of groundskeepers.

They all graciously agreed to try their hands at acting, and it turns out they’re pretty damned good at it. For such charming individuals, they manage to come together into a pretty nightmarish troupe.

One last thing before I go. I’m always impressed by how close to the initial storyboards our video’s come out. So here, mostly for my own entertainment, but maybe for yours too, it a short comparison of shots.


That’s all.


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Showreel 2010, while it’s still 2010

Ladies and gentlemen, I have been very rude.

Allow me to introduce you all to my current showreel.

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It is already a little behind with the times, and I think by the new year another version will be more than called for. But for now, I hope you like some of the things I’ve gotten up to.

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Richard Colman

It seems this guy is getting all the coverage he needs at the moment, but there’s no harm in joining in.

I really think his work is something quite special. There’s something enticing about the almost religious aesthetic combined with what is quite often very graphic content.

I love the vomiting rainbows.



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This Is Living

I may be going senile, but I dont think I put this up…

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It’s just a little something I made whilst bored one night… but i quite like it.

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