Wednesday, 1. October 2008 - 9:06 am
Their early vids, by their fondly-remembered directing commissioner Pinko, had a certain something – and I’ve always been keen on Dave Slade’s vid for Mr Writer, with Kelly Jones and co. in a clown car-crash. But feelgood? Not until now.
Luc was inspired by the annual Hindu ‘Holi’ festival – in fact, this is what happens across India during the festival, but this time the band get caught in the crossfire.
“The music and the song were so strong that any image trying to illustrate the lyrics too literally would have felt weak to me,” he says. “I thought it needed to be a completely abstract visualization that left room for individual interpretation.”
Luc and Annex Films undertook extensive street casting process to secure a diverse mix of characters, diverse in ages, looks and sizes – 80 extras in all – for the one day shoot. Two 16 mm cameras captured all the action.
“However I also wanted an emotional core to this film rather than just being about a look”.
It’s a beautiful, gleeful mess, bursting with humanity, that’s excellently captured by DoP Richard Stewart, and expertly edited by Paul Hardcastle.
And Kelly almost looks like he’s enjoying himself.
You’re My Star (V2/Mercury)
Prod co: Annex Films
Director: Luc Janin
Producer: Basil Stephens
DoP: Richard Stewart
Editor: Paul Hardcastle at Trim
Telecine: Duncan Russell at Prime Focus
Commissioner: Dan Curwin
Watch: Quicktime movie