BUG 38 & BUG 38 - The Director's Cut

26 Jul 2013 00:56 - posted by David Knight

BUG host Adam Buxton bring you a feast of audio-visual delights, with additional bon mots from the comments columns of YouTube. There will be swearing, and a little bit of nudity. The usual BUG-style entertainment, in fact – and as it’s the premiere of a brand new show – our 38th, for goodness sake – we also have a special guest.

His name is Nabil Elderkin – or just Nabil, as he’s generally known – and he is one of the foremost directors working in music videos today, working with a diverse range of major artists from Kanye West to Frank Ocean to James Blake and Foals...



BUG 38 Directors Cut programme notes.pdf 

Bloc Party – Ratchet

Cyriak Harris hardly needs an introduction, with his unique ‘brain-spill’ animations leading to some unforgettably surreal comic shorts and music videos. However, until now Cyriak has never attempted a performance video with an indie band. A challenge too far? The After Effects magician-genius puts pay to that theory by deconstructing and then reconstructing a performance by Bloc Party in inimitable fashion to create the video for their new single Ratchet.

Gesaffelstein – Pursuit

Fleur & Manu is also often shown regularly at BUG, and they have created a mesmerising art installation-style visual discourse on absolute power, for the superhip DJ-producer Gesaffelstein’s Pursuit. The pursuit and attainment of power is made possible by a magical golden glove, and typically with Fleur & Manu’s work, the video combines live action with exceptional VFX work from their regular collaborators at Paris post houses Mathematic and Machine Molle.

Pixies – Bagboy

A video that heralds the return of one of the greatest rock bands – the mighty Pixies. The lead-off song for their brand new album is called Bagboy, and a video for the track by young LA-based directing duo Lamar+Nik, is all about a spotty teenager with an extremely well-developed appetite for destruction.

Caged Animals – Cindy + Me

Directed by Carlos Lopez Estrada, starts with mainman Vin Vacchoine being experimented upon by an ominous sort of medical research team, comprised entirely of baboons. Real ones. Carlos claims he’s known about this clan of Los Angeles-residing baboons for years – their owner trained his dog – and was waiting for the opportunity to use them, when finally he got this brief from Vin.

Professor Kliq – Plastic and Flashing Lights

A wonderful piece of wire and paper stop-motion animation for Professor Kliq’s Plastic And Flashing Lights by hugely talented French animator Victor Haegelin. Victor approached Professor Kliq (who releases his own music under a Creative Commons licence) to use his track to create his film – which inspired the bedroom musician to completely reproduce the track for the film.

Joe Goddard ft Mara Carlyle – She Burns

French directing duo (but this one based in London) Sophie Diess and Jean-Christophe Saurel – aka Soandsau - have directed a morbidly comic video for She Burns by Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard and singer Mara Carlyle, who appears in the video, singing about regrettable recent events in the song and her reasons are soon very clear.

Foals – Late Night

Special guest Nabil's one of two videos for Foals.

Foals – Bad Habit

The second video for the Foals from our special guest Nabil.

Antony & The Johnsons – Cut the World

An astonishing video for Antony & The Johnsons’ Cut the World, featuring Willem Dafoe and Carice van Houten from our special guest Nabil.

Breach – Jack

The video for dance act Breach’s infectious Jack is by British directing team The Sacred Egg – that’s Alex Mavor and Ed Kaye – and features scantily-clad disco kids who turn into hairy monsters, and lipsyncing singers who do the same – and then switch back and forth. The brilliant hairy costumes and headpieces are the work of stylist Hannah Glossop and facial hairpiece specialist Sarah Weatherburn.

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