David Knight - 17th Dec 2007

It's a Lego-animated video - but don't let that put you off. Ben Falk and Jos Newbolt's video for The Black Ghosts is superbly achieved, and much darker in tone than most of this particular genre. It starts with an unspoilt idyll destroyed by violence (very Mel Gibson) before capturing the the modern urban landscape in awesome, and often grisly detail.

Ben Falk says the nature of the Black Ghosts' track determined the tone but also permitted its cinematic scope, including a number of movie homages: see if you can spot the direct references to scenes in Taxi Driver and Blade Runner - together with a Lego version of Edward Hopper's Nighthawks In The Diner.

"The more we shot, the better the video became," he says. "One of our animators happened to be the world's greatest Lego builder, and as it went along he was able to create anything we wanted. We really got into the set build and learnt a lot about directing by paying so much attention to detail."

The video toook about two weeks of hard labour to animate, then double that period in post production to complete. "A lot of hard work - but a lot of fun," says Ben, who has been making films with Jos for about six years. And since this breakthrough, they have signed with Agile Films.

David Knight - 17th Dec 2007

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