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Canadian director Director X has made some massively successful music videos in a career spanning 15 or more years, and his video for Iggy Azalea's Fancy a few months ago has proved to be up there with the best of them.
For the past six years Liz Kessler has been head of music video at Academy Films and A+ - one of the great companies of British music videos. Last year she won Best Producer at the 2013 UK Music Video Awards - testament to her ability to get the vision of directors like Nabil and Bison on-screen.
Allie Avital Tsypin of Brooklyn collective BANGS directed the fine Hundred Waters' Murmur a couple of months back, and BANGS's back catalogue is well worth checking out too. Like this well-observed, slow-burning dissection of everyday family catastrophe that came out at the end of last year for Advanced Falconry by Mutual Benefit - the indie-pop project of singer-songwriter Jordan Lee.
Søren Schaller's second video for the London-based Kiwi rock outfit I Am Giant has the band performing in a sun-dappled field at dawn. It's an unusual but highly appropriate location, as the backdrop to their performance of their song Transmission is an extrordinary shortwave radio antenna. No GGI here, that thing is real.
First round judging for many of the awards at the UK Music Video Awards 2014, via the UKMVA online judging platform, must end tonight, Friday September 12th.
Monochromatic, champagne-quaffing Cate Le Bon, charismatic magic from H Hawkline, inventive cross-dressing from Sweet Baboo, and one of the other guys in the band getting horribly bullied... It's all happening on the latest Cate tour, as chronicled by Casey Raymond and Ewan Jones Morris. Which as it happens, pitches up in London tonight (Sept 11) at Koko.
Olivier Groulx's video for Alt-J's Every Other Freckle presents an interesting departure, and also a deft solution to any possible accusations of unfair sexual objectification. He's made two versions of essentially the same video - one with a sexy girl, the other with a sexy boy.
Japanese rockers Coldrain join forces with filmmaker Stuart Birchall for the promo to new single You Lie, taken from their new album The Revelation. Stuart fuses an exciting performance with a compelling, dark narrative.
Characterised by some cool and staccato edits, David Mould really feels the beat in this excellent promo for the ridiculously infectious Walk by new Atlantic Records signing Kwabs. David applies slick tempo-synced 'movements' in post that has a cityscape grooving along with the London singer...
Last week threw up a tasty selection of vids from an eclectic bunch of up and coming artists - including Daniel Gomes' video for Wolvves, Ian Pons Jewell's VHS-fest for Pearls Negras, NYSU cinematic vid for Radiohead's Phil Selway, Josh Cole's action thriller for I See MONSTAS, the shimmering Grimes, and Nez's stunning seaborne video for Ten Walls...
Joe Connor's tongue-in-cheek performance promo for Blitz Kids' Perfect sees the filmmaker send-up tired video cliches - aided by a misbehaving band and a frustrated director...