David Knight - 19th Nov 2012

The 20th Plus Camerimage Festival - the film festival dedicated to the art of cinematography, which begins in Bydgoszcz in Poland next week - will present a four-part collection of music video orientated seminars involving four members of the jury of the festival's music video competition jury - Michael Lindsay-Hogg, Christopher Doyle, Christopher Soos, and Piotr 'Glaca' Mohamed.

Music Videos: The Master Class Series begins with a presentation by Michael Lindsay-Hogg, a music film pioneer who helmed, among other projects, the very first videos for The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. He also directed the cult classic documentary Let It Be about the Fab Four, and created Beatles music videos for Hey Jude, Revolution, and Paperback Writer; also Jumpin' Jack Flash and Child of the Moon by The Rolling Stones; Happy Jack and Join Together" by The Who: You Give Good Love by Whitney Houston; and Elton John's Ego. Michael Lindsay-Hogg is also the laureate of this year's Plus Camerimage Music Video Pioneer Award, and chair of the music video competition jury. His edition of the Music Videos: The Master Class Series takes place on Wednesday, November 28th at 5.45 pm.

That's followed by Christopher Doyle's presentation on the same day, at 9pm, called Laughter of the Loins: How Music and Film Come Together. The legendary cinematographer has worked on such iconic films as Chungking Express, In The Mood for Love, Hero and Paranoid Park. He also shot music videos for Cui Jian, known as "The Father of Chinese Rock" and Faye Wong, the Chinese pop diva. Chris also worked for Sigur Ros (Gobbledigook), The Raconteurs (Steady As She Goes), Florence & The Machine (No Light, No Light), Justin Timberlake (SexyBack), The Strokes, and many others. In his presentation, Chris will talk not only about his work on music videos but also about structure, light and collaboration in general which, as he says, often lead to "laughter of the loins".

Then on Friday at 1.30pm, "Music Videos: the Master Class Series" will feature a special presentation by Piotr "Glaca" Mohamed - musician, composer and music producer. He is the founder of the band Sweet Noise and My Riot; co-creator of the M.T.void project (with Justin Chancellor from Tool). Glaca not only makes music, he is also involved in the production of his music videos. Plus Camerimage audience will have a unique opportunity to learn the secrets of music video making from someone who is both a producer and a musician.

At 5.30pm on Friday comes the turn of Christopher Soos to make his own presentation. Chris Soos has lensed, among other films, Welcome to the Rileys, Whiteout and the documentary Anvil: The Story of Anvil. He earned recognition for shooting countless commercials for top brands and music videos for many acclaimed artists, including David Bowie (Little Wonder), Marilyn Manson (Beautiful People), Massive Attack (Pray For Rain), Sigur Ros (Glosoli), The Cure (The End Of The World), Christina Aguilera (Fighter), Tricky (Makes Me Wanna Die), and White Stripes (Blue Orchid). Chris will talk about his work on music videos and what a modern cinematographer has to deal with from the movement from film to digital.

All of the editions of the 'Music Videos: The Master Class Series' take place in the Seminar Room at the Opera Nova, Bydgoszcz. The 20th Plus Camerimage runs from November 24th to December 1st. The Music Video Competition screenings will be held in the main auditorium at the Opera Nova on November 29th.

David Knight - 19th Nov 2012

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