David Knight - 5th Mar 2008

The new video for the Mystery Jets features a charming and colourful band performance while they lie flat out on the studio floor - courtesy of some completely visible hidden helpers and a mysterious contraption that moves the band in and out of shot. And teenage new folk hope and guest vocalist Laura Marling joins the party halfway through.

It was directed by James Copeman, who has quickly amassed a collection of notable work since he directed a £500 video for Noah And the Whale on Super 8mm in a pub some months ago. He's also directed a couple of Marling videos, all while holding down a day job making animation and motion graphics, currently at Box UK.

Young Love is certainly graphic, and motion graphics play a part from the very start when the titles are swept away by one of the white-suited helpers. That really does set the tone for what follows...

James Copeman on making the video for Mystery Jets' Young Love

"I had a lot of contrasting ideas: retro performance video, synchronised swimming, split screens and typography.

"Then my friend Dan Sutherland showed me references from a mood board. One of the images was of a guy lying on the floor shot from really high up. It made think. Blaine the lead singer has difficulty walking without crutches. This way the the whole band could move and dance and perform together.

"At first I only intended to see the band members, and tried to avoid seeing the "helpers". But when it became obvious we would see them I decided to give them more of a role, like dressing the set, or even holding instruments and mics for the band.

"A welcome side affect of shooting down on the floor was the band members and Laura couldn't see us, so they relaxed infront of the camera and started to be silly and have fun, and I was able to capture a really natural and fun performance from them.

"I asked a good friend of mine Joseph Starsmore - who is a carpenter/fabricator/props/general Don Juan - to make me a sort of dolly that was comfortable to lie on, but also narrow, and with a handle so it could be pushed.

"He said 'OK', and few days later he came back with a big wooden dolly - it looked like a giant Victorian toy, all made of wood. Quite beautiful. I wish I had the space to keep one."

Watch 'Mystery Jets' Young Love by James Copeman' here


DirectorJames Copeman
ProducerIldiko Dienesch
Director of PhotographyChristopher Sabogal
EditorJames Copeman/Alex White
CommissionerClaire Stubbs

David Knight - 5th Mar 2008

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