David Knight - 29th July 2010

Ben Reed's lovely video for The Wave Pictures' Sweetheart is comprised entirely of words and images taken from hundreds of secondhand books. For the most part Ben has painstakingly and singlehandedly matched the lyrics to words from the books - with several additional visual flourishes - including a focus on vintage cookery book shots for the chorus. And with a new image on average every four frames it's a bombardment of evocative everyday material from an increasingly bygone age.

"The video was made in just over a week at home - with very little sleep - shot on a pretty sketchy homemade rostrum," Ben explains. "I'd broken down the lyrics of the song into numbers of frames per word and used that as my reference for how many images I needed - the average shot length was four frames. Then I literally tore up hundreds of books (that were due to be pulped) looking for the corresponding pictures and words.

"The pictures were more difficult and were sometimes left to improv; there was a script (dictating an image I wanted to use for a word) but I had no idea what was in each book, so sometimes it was left up to chance. It was pretty frustrating looking for specific images but thrilling when I was confronted with something I'd not considered but that seemed to fit.

"Physically it was frustrating too; hours hunched over the camera, and the focus become almost impossible to discern at four in the morning with my eyes fighting sleep. I wish I had some pictures of the state of the room so people could see what a shambolic amateurish operation it was, but it was shot in such a frenzy I didn't get chance to take snaps."

David Knight - 29th July 2010

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