David Knight - 2nd Feb 2009

Coldplay called on Dougal Wilson to make them a lighthearted video for Life In Technicolour II featuring themselves in puppet form.

Apparently Dougal hesitated to go down the well-trodden puppet route he's been down himself before - most successfully for Dizzy Rascal - until he hit upon the hitherto unexploited possibilities in Punch & Judy.

So Coldplay bring their Brit-nominated live show to the Heswall Village Fete during a break in the kids' Punch & Judy show - including roadies, stacks of Marshalls, lights, video and fireworks. To widespread dumbfounded shock, and the vicar's evident horror.

Beautifully done, the attention to detail is typically superb - it's all there in the 'board (right) of course - and Dougal worked with many of the puppet crew from Dizzy's Dream vid. And it's kind of reassuring that this global act have held their egos sufficiently in check to have fun at their own expense.

They know it's a joke, right...

Credits

DirectorDougal Wilson
Production CompanyColonel Blimp
ProducerMatthew Fone
Director of PhotographyBrett Turnbull
Art DirectorAndy Kelly
SFXArtem
EditorJoe Guest
ColouristJean Clement-Soret
OnlineStirling Archibald
CommissionerKirstin Cruickshank
Other creditsMaster Puppet maker: Nonny Beakes Stylists: Michelle May, Natalie Marie Willis, Holly Dench

David Knight - 2nd Feb 2009

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