BUG 45: The Evolution of Music Video

13 Nov 2014 12:15 - posted by Phil Tidy

The BUG team tirelessly scour the music video ether, searching in all of filmmaking’s darkest recesses for the most startling and inventive slices of miniature cinema. Presented on the BFI’s big screen with a dose of live comedy thrown in for good measure.

Our host taking us through the evening will be the wonderful Alex Horne with special guest Henry Scholfield.


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OK Go - I Won't Let You Down - Official Video

The latest video follows the OK Go tradition of being (or appearing to be) a one-shot video, but with the help of Honda, they have now advanced to creating something extraordinary. Shot at half-speed (then doubled) it sees the band performing on the prototype Uni-Cub (part unicycle, part sitdown Segway), combining with 2,400 umbrella wielding Japanese schoolgirls whose choreographed display is captured using drone-cam technology, which ends up half a mile up. Another remarkable achievement

She & Him – Stay Awhile

She & Him’s cover version of the Dusty Springfield song Stay Awhile, M Ward (Him) plays invisible guitar and Zooey Deschanel (She) dances with an invisible man, pulling off some gravity-defying moves without any visible means of support. The video is by celebrated Barcelona-based collective CANADA, and directed by Nicolás Méndez. Motion control was used to combine different takes, and then Zooey’s real dancing partner was removed in post-production – a long and painstaking process to make it flawless.

Metronomy - The Upsetter

Metronomy heralds the long-awaited return of directing outfit Encyclopedia Pictura whose visionary merging of live action, animation, and art direction led to acclaim and awards for work such as Björk’s Wanderlust. But for the past few years, EP have been immersed in a community architecture and agriculture project (effectively a real, 21st century hobbit village) in the hills outside Santa Cruz, CA. But now they’re back, applying their preoccupations with ecology and fantasy in the video for Metronomy’s The Upsetter. It’s an unusual love story between a bearded female forest-dweller and the creature she builds from forest materials.

Bastille VS. Grades – Torn Apart

Keith Schofield is another director whose brilliant visual ideas and scurrilous sense of humour has made him a favourite at BUG and he’s back with a new video for Brit pop band Bastille and American producer Grades’ Torn Apart that tears into mainstream media presentations of love and romance.

Tiga – Bugatti

The minimalist electronica and deadpan wit of Tiga’s Bugatti, the up-and-coming French director Helmi’s inspirations are essentially, 80s photographic surrealism and alpine sports, conflated into a stream of witty, sexy imagery that offers up more things each time you watch it.

FKA twigs – Prelude/Video Girl

Having made some excellent hip-hop videos under the radar, Kahlil Joseph became an overnight sensation when he directed a video for the Flying Lotus album Until the Quiet Comes which combined gritty realism of life in LA’s South Central with moments of lyrical beauty. This is his first video since then, and it’s for British dancer-turned-singer FKA twigs. The subject matter of this video is harrowing: twigs is the witness at the execution of a prisoner – possibly her lover – by lethal injection, which develops into something more surreal, as the execution room becomes her performance space.

Stromae – Tous Les Mêmes

We welcome our special guest Henry Scholfield to the stage with one of his videos for Stromae.

Stromae – Ave Cesaria

Another one from our special guest Henry Scholfield.

Kid Wise – Hope

French band Kid Wise’s Hope, made last year by the directing duo Jonathan Cohen and Anthony Jorge, aka Truman & Cooper who won Best New Director. The video is ostensibly about a gang of teenagers on the loose in the French countryside, but at the core is an amazing performance of young actor Fred Hotier as the gawky loose cannon, obsessed with the gang leader’s sexy girlfriend, and tempted to a horrible fate.

Flying Lotus ft Kendrick Lamar – Never Catch Me

Japanese-American director Hiro Murai, who took the top award at the UK Music Video Awards for Best Director. His latest video for Flying Lotus’ Never Catch Me, featuring Kendrick Lamar, could be his best yet: it is visual poetry combining joyful innocence, exuberant expression, violence and tragedy.

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