Cat Velez - 19th Mar 2015

Gareth Phillips and Simon Milner of Is Tropical are now the directing duo 'Sblood, and after their excellent debut for Hannah V, have now collaborated with band Wolf Alice to shoot this humourous music biz satire for the track Giant Peach, soon to be released on their debut album My Love Is Cool. 

Patience is wearing thin as the band's manager – played with scene-chewing relish by actor Tony Gardner – provokes his clients' contempt with his wildly unprofessional and abrasive behaviour. The dissaffected band mates are hardly blameless themselves, living up to their antagonistic rock star cred, and finally losing it on a video shoot with an ill-advised concept...
 

'SBLOOD:

"The band came to us with the idea that they wanted to be the biggest dicks in the world and had some cool references. We developed the idea to include a grotesque manager (Tony Gardner) and loose mockumentary style idea of them playing a gig, then shooting a terrible music video with the tension between manager and band growing.

"The idea was a real collaboration between filmmakers and the band and it felt like a very organic process. After a few iterations of the idea we developed the manager character into a self obsessed creature living in his own world. He sees the band as the best thing ever and has put a lot of effort into booking and filming an inappropriate gig in front of a handful of surprised people. 

"We loved being able to cut to something totally different at the end of the video and the awful music video with a Robin Hood concept gave us our excuse. We had Ewin Macintosh, who we recognised from The Office, play a video director and the scene unfolds with the manager thinking more smoke in shot makes a better promo. We couldn't do things twice due to time, so it helped that the band were amazing performers.

"Tony and Ewen created great characters and smashed their performances. It was brilliant being able to work with these talented actors."

Credits

Art DirectorStuart Mackay
Director‘Sblood
Production CompanySneek Films
1st ADHarriet MacDonald
Production AssistantRufus Pinkerton
Director of PhotographyDoug Walshe
Make-upAnna Thompson
ProducerGhandi El-Chamaa
StylistJoseph Crone
CommissionerEd Blow
Director's RepresentationLock It In
CastTony Gardner
CastEwen Macintosh
EditorGareth Phillips
ColouristOisín O’Driscoll

Cat Velez - 19th Mar 2015

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