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Franz Ferdinand’s Can’t Stop Feeling by Russell Weekes
It's always a pleasure to see something that makes you go 'why wasn't that done before'.
In fact, probably Gondry did this in a rather more sophisticated way a long time ago. But Russell Weekes's video of Franz Ferdinand gamely reacting to video screen wipes is definitely one of those 'why didn't they do that before' knockout ideas.
Furthermore, excellent Monkees-style goofing from the Franzers. All in all, a cracker.
Russell Weekes on making the video for Franz Ferdinand's Can't Stop Feeling
"They said they were keen to make a video that constantly evolved from one thing to the next, so I was thinking about using video transitions. The wipe seemed to be a technique that had become a bit outdated, so I thought it could be fun to play around with it. I made a few tests and put them together in a pitch.
"Then the band asked if we could make a massive wobbling jelly, because 'that's what the synth sounds like'. Apparently Jelly only holds it's shape up to a certain size, so it's more humble in size, but wobbled well.
"We shot the video in Glasgow, in a great warehouse space where they had a few rooms and a rooftop that we could use. Trying to get so many shots in one day was a bit manic, but the crew were brilliant and we got pretty much everything we wanted. The band were amazing too, they were up for having some fun and not taking themselves too seriously. The video really relies on the character in their performances.
"Not being a master of computer programs, it was a case of learning on the job when the edit began. Due to the way the technique worked, with one thing leading onto the next, we tried to plan the edit before the shoot. This made editing a lot easier and it all seemed to fit together pretty well.
"I'm really pleased with the result. It's the first time I've made anything that looks like it was fun to shoot, and those are the videos I've always enjoyed watching."
|Production Company||Warp Films|
|Director of Photography||Alan McSheehy|
|1st AD||Harry Boyd|
|2nd AD||Alison Wallace|
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