Thursday, 2. December 2010 - 2:30 pm
All I want for Christmas is a trio of violin-playing Elvis impersonators… Coldplay take time out from recording their new album with a rare one-off single in the form of this seasonal jolly and enlist Mat Whitecross to direct the proceedings.
“Every Coldplay shoot involves a leap of faith” explains Whitecross. “The band are always intuitive and overflowing with great ideas. My job is to try and compress as many of them as humanly possible into a four minute track”.
“Chris and Phil approached me three weeks ago to do a simple low budget video for their Christmas single. Just me, the band and a handycam, walking down Oxford Street at midnight.
“A week later we’d narrowed the location down to their studio, a music hall, a central London rooftop, or possibly even Marble Arch. But finally we found ourselves on the banks of the Thames, building a huge stage, spraying confetti and setting off fireworks in front of a boatful of a hundred fans.
“The band are the most generous, trusting and loyal friends you could ever hope for. Working with them is like making a family video on a Hollywood budget. It doesn’t get any better than this”.
Christmas Lights (Parlophone)
Director: Mat Whitecross
Producer: Hannah Clark
Production Company: Between The Eyes @ Pulse
Exec. Producer: Ben Pugh
DP: Robbie Ryan
Production Designer: Misty Buckley
Construction: Steel Monkey
Production Manager: Natalie Bayle
Post Production: Marc Knapton @ Brewery FX
TK: Simone Grattarola @ Rushes
Commissioner: James Hackett