David Knight - 13th Jan 2012

For Stephin Merritt's version of Dream Again - from the new Franz Ferdinand covers EP - comes this ingenious video by Russell Weekes who uncovers the human face of every vintage of audio equipment and tech gadgetry - all photographed by Ali Mobasser.

"I'd heard about the Franz Ferdinand covers project and expressed that The Magnetic Fields were one of my favourite bands, so I pitched on the video for Stephin Merritt's cover," explains Russell.

"Having made a very simple one minute video in 2004 where inanimate objects talk about
life, I'd continued to collect electronic equipment with faces with the intention of doing a project at some point. Hearing 'Dream Again' I thought the sentiment and mood of the song fitted perfectly with these redundant, once well-used everyday objects.

"I've been collaborating with photographer Ali Mobasser for a few years. His technique of painting with light gives such an atmosphere to his still life work, highlighting all the details, dust and dirt. He shot the objects beautifully, as if within a museum archive. For me, the mood of his photographs set the tone of the video. To break between the modern and old we introduced computer-based graphics such as the itunes player, which were recreated in Illustrator. "The video is a combination of stop frame, using movable parts on the objects, and Photoshoping images to lip-sync and blink. We kept the style of animation very simple. The aim was to make a video that attached human emotions of loss and hope to familiar objects from everyday life, and hopefully encouraging the viewer to see their surroundings in a slightly different way."

http://www.youtube.com/watchfeature=player_embedded&v=fqo18KOIoZI

Credits

DirectorRussell Weekes
PhotographerAli Mobasser
Executive ProducerJoceline Gabriel
CommissionerBart McDonagh

David Knight - 13th Jan 2012

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