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With a run of successful videos last year, particularly two huge view-magnets for Sigma, Craig Moore became a new force among London-based pop video directors, and won an MVA to boot. He's now had a great start to 2015 too, with his videos for Tough Love, Conor Maynard and Ella Eyre. Born and raised in South Africa, Craig directed TV in Johannesburg before heading to London.
Shot in the Mojave desert and beautifully captured by DP Todd Banhazl, Jimmy Ahlander and Robin Antiga's allegorical promo for Smashing Pumpkins' Drum & Fife sees a group of kids armed with catapults and a drum, playing war in the dunes - but then mysteriously and cruelly subjected to a real mortar attack.
In this promo for hip-hop banger Pop That Kitty from his upcoming album Free TC, Ty Dolla $ign hangs out with Charli XCX and Tinashe for a performance video directed by Shomi Patwary packed with sexy hip-hop choreography, girls on bikes with kitty faces, and plenty of sexual innuendo.
Kevin Batchelor delivers an exciting, high-octane Sweeney-style caper - with a big twist at the finale -for former World Superbikes champion James Toseland, to partner his frantic rocker Hearts And Bones...
Daniel Wolfe's video for Paolo Nutini's Iron Sky has been recognised in four categories at the 2015 D&AD Awards, while David Wilson, DANIELS, Fleur & Manu and Sia & Daniel Askill are other directors with multiple honours among the 19 Pencils handed down by the Music Video Jury after their deliberations this week.
A sizeable number of new directors have already featured on Promo News this year - so here's a playlist of just some of array of new talent that's caught our eye.
Taken from their Brandy Of The Damned EP, Philadelphia 7-piece Steady Hands team up with Samuel Gursky and John Komar for the promo to lead track Skin & Bones which sees a man reflect on his past while out exploring the mountains of Boulder. Colorado.
Adanowsky, son of famed art-house director Alejandro Jodorowsky, has grabbed his dad's torch and self-directed this provocative, libidinous video for Would You Be Mine, where all kinds of weird Jodorowsky-style stuff happens, but above all involves him induging in coitus with porn star Stoya.
Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett has released this video for the track Kim's Caravan from her debut full-length Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit, directed by Bec Kingma, whose work includes the award-winning short film Silent Night.
Production companies are now being invited to host BFI Film Academy trainees - with funding available to pay the trainees, via Creative Skillset and the BFI. With trainees paid a living wage, companies contribute just £50 per week towards their training allowance for up to 12 weeks.
There's no mistaking the subject of J. Cole's Wet Dreamz. It's an autobiographical tale, both charming and explicit, about his (and his first girlfriend's) first sexual experience. Like many excellent storytelling songs, the words fire the listener's imagination - which adds to the challenge of anyone making the video.