BUG 41 with special guest host Doc Brown

14 Jan 2014 17:23 - posted by Phil Tidy

BUG 41 was the first BUG of 2014 at BFI Southbank, and was hosted by the first of our guest hosts, Ben Bailey Smith, AKA Doc Brown. Comedian, actor, recording artist, and writer, Doc Brown started out as a battle rapper, before joining Mark Ronson's live band, developing a successful acting career, while still performing as a stand-up and winning his first book deal. Phew!


Ben was joined on stage by a leading light of the new wave of British directors, Josh Cole, who chatted to Ben about his recent work for artists like Rudimental, Chase & Status, as well as how he got started in the business.


Special Guest: Josh Cole


BUG 41 programme notes.pdf

J Cole ft Amber Coffman – She Knows

British director Sam Pilling for US hiphop star J Cole’s She Knows (also featuring Amber Coffman from indie outfit Cults). It starts out as the story of teenager’s day of rebellion in inner-city LA, but then defies expectation when the young man discovers the real drama lies back at home.

Burning House – Post Party Stress Disorder

Director Arno Salters has created a very cool animated video in which a dude arrives at a party that becomes a very trippy scene indeed. Arno made this for his brother Hervé Salters (aka General Elektriks) and Chief Xcel (aka Blackalicious) in their partnership as Burning House. Also major contribution from the animator Joseph Pierce. The video seamlessly recreates the wonderful moves of dancer and choreographer Olivier Casamayou.

Julio Bashmore ft Jessie Ware – Peppermint

Noah Harris is a British director whose innovative work in stop motion animation has graced commercials and TV idents for Google, Ford, E4 and others. Now he’s made a video for Bristol house producer Julio Bashmore’s Peppermint, adding fantastic objects created from 3D printing to the process, pushing the envelope of stop frame animation still further in the process. An earthbound female form, emerging from a 2D animation of vocalist Jessie Ware’s lips, receives a shower of gifts from godlike hands from above in the video which took Noah a whopping ten weeks to animate.

Elbow – New York Morning

The video for Elbow’s New York Morning by Mark Thomas and Mat Norman at Manchester-based Soup Collective has been nearly a decade in the making, ever since Mark and Mat met Dennis and Lois, a New York couple who befriended every famous band that ever played CBGBs (even Mark E Smith likes them) and turned their house into a shrine to rock ’n roll. Having shot hours of footage over the years, Elbow – regular collaborators with Soup Collective – gave the nod to turn this into an absorbing alternative music doc cum music video.

Oneohtrix Point Never – Boring Angel

Oneohtrix Point Never is Brooklyn-based ambient-electronic musician Daniel Lapotin, who has inspired some highly experimental, sometimes controversial music videos in the past year or so (in the case of Still Life (Betamale), plain disturbing). The video for Boring Angel by video artist John Michael Boling is an exercise in minimalism combined with intense image- flashing, as an accelerating succession of tiny ‘emojis’ (emoticon-type images) symbolising the trials of life, play out in the centre of an entirely white screen.

Fidlar – Cocaine

LA skate-punk outfit Fidlar often chronicle the pleasures and perils of getting wasted, and their track Cocaine is more about the latter. However the track’s hilarious video takes a different line, so to speak. Directed by Ryan Baxley and presented by US humour site Funny or Die, it features Nick Offerman (from Parks & Recreation) as a working stiff who gets canned from his job, sinks a lot of Olde English malt liquor, and then – well, we’ll let you find out for yourself what he does, but it does involve a penis.

Rudimental – Not Giving In

A hugely cinematic video for Rudimental’s 'Not Giving In' from BUG special guest Josh Cole. This was shot among street kids in Manila and won Best Dance Video UK at the UK Music Video Awards last year.

Louis Matters – War with Heaven

The second from BUG special guest Josh Cole. This time shot on the streets of London.

Chase & Status ft Jacob Banks – Alive

BUG special guest Josh Cole's video for Chase & Status’s Alive, filmed on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Montana, about a young man’s difficult path back to his Native American roots. It’s another video that takes the viewer into a harsh world, but also reaches for the stars.

Damon Albarn – Everyday Robots

Damon Albarn has finally made a solo album. The first video from the release, for the album’s title track Everyday Robots, is a digital portrait of the musician, created by the album’s creative director Aitor Throup. Damon is reconstructed – effectively built from scratch – from CGI software and facial reconstruction techniques. As Aitor has explained this isolated portrait is a metaphor for Damon’s latest incarnation as a solo artist, and ‘the antagonism between nature and technology’ in his music.

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