Shot two days before Christmas, this video for To Kill A King's single 'No More Love Songs' has proved a bit conflicting... people seem to really like it but are also kind of upset that we destroyed so many typewriters. It was really good fun to make though!
The Miaoux Miaoux remix of 'Your Cover's Blown' features on Belle & Sebastian's album 'The Third Eye Centre', released on Rough Trade Records. The accompanying video stars Hannah Murray ('Skins' / 'Game of Thrones' / 'Detroit') and was shot on locations in both Edinburgh and Glasgow.
While working with the production designer to collect the vast array of objects needed to dress the sets I had my first experience of car boot sales.
They are a trove.
A complicated production, there were three different shooting stages involved: filming actors against green screen, exterior filming to gather landscapes and a separate drone shoot carried out by Stirling company Ground Level Up. All of this material was combined in post to create a strong, striking double exposure effect.
Filmed both in a Brighton club and at Seven Sisters Country Park in East Sussex, 'Pushin' Out The Light' was commissioned to accompany the release of Bitter Ruin's debut album 'Waves', a record that was the result of a phenomenally successful Kickstarter campaign. Frames from the video were subsequently used to create the distinctive album cover art.
'I Wish I Was A Girl Like You' was the second single release from Deacon Blue's 2014 album 'A New House'. Producing the video involved trips all round Scotland to record footage of more than sixty women of all ages listening to the track. Since they shared a set of headphones that appeared to connect directly to a microphone used by the band, the sense of a strong personal relationship was created as Deacon Blue communicated directly with their audience.
This video for flagship single 'The Black Sun' presented a significant challenge in the form of thousands of obtusely undirectable feathers. Many (many!) takes later, these shots were enhanced by enormous flocks of starlings created by digital artist John Ferguson.
Released on Warner Records, 'A New House' was the first single taken from Deacon Blue's album of the same name. Members of the band had made copies of their own 8mm family films and asked that they be incorporated into the video. This footage was combined with newly shot material - including images captured on a car-mounted GoPro - which was graded and re-timed to match. The combination fulfilled the brief of delivering a nostalgic yet still modern picture of the experience of moving from a childhood home in town out into the countryside.
Filmed over two days in Central London, this video was created to accompany the release of Dai Watts' terrific ambient album 'Liminalondon'. Shot entirely handheld on a Canon 5D mkIII, this is a much longer music video than normal; clocking in at over 11 minutes, it is the result of Dai combining three of his tracks to score a film that not only tells a story but strives to show off his beloved home town at its best.
The second album from Randolph's Leap, 'Cowardly Deeds' was released on Glasgow's own Olive Grove Records. This video, created for the first single, was shot using both video and stills. The stills were used to form intricate shots where the camera closely follows the movement of a drumstick or violin bow. Combined with strong lens flares to give the sense that the film has been flashed, the resulting video is a heavily stylised performance piece.