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Button Eyes 'Simple Days' by We Are Cowboys

David Knight - 7th Jan 2014

Directing partnership Richard Paris Wilson and Tommy Nagle - aka We Are Cowboys - follow up their impressive video for M83's Intro and Richard's solo direction job for Moonchild (they were both entries for the M83 video competition through Genero.tv) with this one for Button Eyes which, appropriately enough, has a Western theme.

Not that the as-yet unsigned directing duo have taken on the Western genre straight. The video for Simple Days was shot in Laredo - that's a Western-themed town to be found in the garden of England - Kent. And We Are Cowboys adds mystery and surrealism to the sense of elegy as their old cowboy hero returns home, one last time...

Richard Paris Wilson (We Are Cowboys):

"The instruments in the track and the timelessness of the vocals allowed us to delve into the world of the Western. The Western genre in-turn provided a beautifully cinematic backdrop for the kind of intimate story we wanted to tell. 

"I also find Westerns a haunting genre to watch in general. As you know all the towns are long destroyed or deserted, all the characters would be dead, and even many of the great Western actors have passed away. That sense of loss plays prominently into our story."

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Credits

Production/Creative

Director
We Are Cowboys
Producer
Ross Lindgren
Producer
Lewis Lindgren
Co-Producer
L. Lord
Production Company
We Are Cowboys
1st AD
Riccardo Servini

Camera

Director of Photography
Carl Burke

Lighting/Grip

Gaffer
Greg Whitbrook

Art

Art Director
We Are Cowboys

Wardrobe

Wardrobe
Mariko Aoki
Make-up
Alisza Pfeifer

Casting

Casting director
We Are Cowboys

Editorial

Editor
Riccardo Servini

Grading

Colourist
We Are Cowboys

Misc

Associate Producer
Ian Pons Jewell
Location Manager
Colin Winter

Other credits

Production assistants

HENRI CALDERON, OLLIE PAXTON & SAM MARINO

Runners

OLLIE HOBBS, TASMIN SUMMERS & JACK HOBBS

Special thanks

ROB SAVAGE, HAYLEY NEBAUER, JOLENE and the good people of LAREDO

CAST //

The Cowboy

BRIAN STEWART

The Dame

JULIA LEYLAND

The Old Cowboy

ROB TREND

The Young Cowboy

ISSAC TOSSIO

Death

MARK STEDMAN

The Barman

DARREN ROSE

The Strange Lady

LINDY PIERI

The Lady in the Black Dress

RUTH LAWRENCE

The Lady outside the Undertakers

SAMIA TOSSIO

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