David Knight - 4th Apr 2011

Hard to describe a video in which the band hang themselves as being wonderful, but Chris Lagarce has managed this very difficult task with his clip for entirely unknown indie outfit Staring Problem's rather great Stoked (Robbie).

Chris, who hails from Chicago or thereabouts, also directed the fantastic video for Young Loves' Rotten Fruit. This one confirms his quality, as he sends the band to their maker without visible means of support. And its certainly not obvious how he's managed to do it.

Chris Lagarce on making the video for Staring Problem's Stoked (Robbie)

"Staring Problem are two hot chicks and a crazy kid from Rockford Illinois that runs marathons, drink big bear fortys, and speaks of public masturbation frequently. They are part of an all-female band called Catholics and the Pill, and part of a collective a midwest-coast bands on the Babbie Mecca blog.

"I planned on shooting a three day music video in an abandoned Holiday Inn that a friends had shown me. It was about these ovaries that burst into flames and a woman that loses her virginity in a cheap hotel room (I wanted to go all out) - but filming in abandoned buildings is apparently illegal so I had one day left on my Christmas vacation back in Illinois and came up with the video and shot everything in three hours.

"It was shot on a Canon 7D, all of the slow motion footage is actually 60fps, that has a slow motion algorithm applied to it that creates extras frames (its called twixtor). It only works on some footage, like the pivotal summit of someone jumping. Zero budget, no money spent."


DirectorChris LaGarce

David Knight - 4th Apr 2011

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