David Knight - 11th Nov 2011

At the UK Music Video Awards 2011 a few days ago, Nick Rhodes and Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran presented Jonas Åkerlund with the Icon Award – the honour that recognises the masters of music video direction. And here's why: this nine minute epic of glamour, luxury, fantasy and sex that is Jonas's video for Duran Duran's Girl Panic!, starring Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Helena Christensen, Eva Herzigova and Yasmin Le Bon - playing the band. It was shot at the Savoy Hotel in London over two days, in a project that also saw Jonas shoot 22 pages of editorial and the Christmas cover of Harpers Bazaar with these five first-generation supermodels. And it's a jawdropping demonstration in what's possible with substantial brand sponsorship. In his Icon Award film at the MVAs, Iggy Pop said that Jonas makes his videos seem bigger than the screen itself. And this is classic, über-Akerlund – escapist, erotic, irresistable... and brilliantly reconnects Duran Duran with the glamour of the supermodel era, and their own iconic early music videos. No wonder they came to pay homage to Jonas on Tuesday. Duran Duran Girl Panic! (Skin Divers) Director: Jonas Akerlund Producer: Svana Gisla and Helen Potter DoP: Erik Sohlstrom 1st AD: Andy Coffing Production Manager: Hannah May 2nd Unit Director: Christian Larson Location Manager: Alistair Vlok Production Designer: Joseph Bennett Props Stylists: Caroline Cobbold 2nd Unit DoP: Daniel Trapp Gaffer: Richard Oxley Senior Fashion Stylist: Vanessa Coyle Stylist female extras: Camilla Pole Duran Duran Stylist: Jeffery Bryant Lead Hair Artist: Johnnie Sapong Lead Make-up Artist: Kristin Piggott Duran Duran Hair and Make-up Artist: Emma Day Naomi Capmbell Hair Artist: Daniel Dyer Naomi Make-up Artist: Alex Babsky Sound Recordist/Playback: Howie Nicol Sound Mixing and Design: Redpipe Stockholm Editor: Christian Larson Graphics: Anna Lindqvist Online: Chimney Pot Stockholm and Unkle Berlin Colorist: Edward Negussie Post Production supervisor: Christian Larson Commissioner: Wendy Laister at Magus Entertainment Watch: Quicktime movie


DirectorJonas Akerlund
ProducerSvana Gisla and Helen Potter
Director of PhotographyErik Sohlstrom
1st ADAndy Coffing
Production ManagerHannah May
2nd unit directorChristian Larson
Production designerJoseph Bennett
GafferRichard Oxley
EditorChristian Larson
OnlineChimney Pot Stockholm and Unkle Berlin
ColouristEdward Negussie
CommissionerWendy Laister

David Knight - 11th Nov 2011

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