David Knight - 10th Nov 2016

MusicVidfest 2016 took place yesterday (November 9th) at the BFI Southbank, where proceedings began with Ninian Doff giving a whirlwind tour of his directing career thus far, Barnaby Laws of WPA gave a thought-provoking keynote address, and directors Dom & Nic and The Mill's Neil Davies revealed the innovation and ingenuity behind their award-winning video for Chemical Brothers' Wide Open.  

It was also an opportunity to discuss the important issues that music video production faces right now from various perspectives, with a Producer's Panel, a Creativity Panel and an Artist's Panel that featured Connie Constance and Speech Debelle. The Content Panel also investigated the wide opportunities beyond conventional music video production and Tim Mulligan of MIDEA Research provided eye-opening insight into trends in YouTube video consumption. 

The day also provided a launch-pad for further discussion about safeguarding and building upon the strengths of British music video production, a hugely important area of the British creative industry. And it also served as a distraction from the Earth-shattering events for the previous few hours. For a short time anyway...

Luke Bather's report on MusicVidFest coming soon. Thanks to Ian Pons Jewell for the terrifying picture.

David Knight - 10th Nov 2016

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