David Knight - 7th Jan 2009

Ben Newman met Bombay Bicycle Club while filming a piece for BBC show 'Sound', as they played an underage show at the Camden Crawl. Suitably impressed, Ben (who's co-directed a few videos before now, as well as directing and producing music TV) pitched on the video for Evening/Morning and got the job.

And here's his completely charming and well-directed music video solo debut - with a chase sequence inspired by (although not necessarily similar to) the mighty Sabotage.

And Ben needed to use crucial persuasion as well as inspiration to get this done, as he explains below. The band (and the goons) provided the perspiration.

Ben Newman on his video for Bombay Bicycle Club's Evening/Morning

"It was important to me to represent the band in the right way as it was their first video. I wanted to produce something that looked beyond the budget, which was extremely tight.

"The base line reminded me of 'Sabotage' by the Beatsie Boys so I went for a chase sequence, which they loved. In fact I think the video has a lot of nods to Spike Jonze.

"The shoot was pretty tough. Early in the day I found out that the guitarist had shingles and would only be able to come down to the location for 20 minutes. And while on the phone to him, a group of kids ran off with the Panda head, which resulted in real chase. After catching up with them I convinced them the costume would be better used in the video rather than as their gang mascot."


Production CompanyBurning Branch
DirectorBen Newman
Director of PhotographyDavid Tree
ProducerBen Newman
CommissionerJason Marcus

David Knight - 7th Jan 2009

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