Cat Velez - 31st July 2015

Shot in a tiny, claustrophobia-inducing flat and paired with some killer art direction, this video for Slaves' track Sockets is a wonderfully greasy and zany stop-motion piece directed by Ciaran Lyons.

Lyons himself plays the lead character, a sweaty, fidgety mess of a man stuck in front of his telly, undergoing some sort of nervous breakdown. Delirious and frightened, arms emerge from behind corners, threatening to suck his energy in strange, nightmarish ways. 


"Laurie and Isaac's initial idea really caught my attention - they wanted electrical plugs going into eye sockets.

"My aim was to create a video that looked like an episode of Bottom directed by Jan Svankmajer. This aesthetic concept guided all my decision making - the grimy production design, the extensive use of action-based close-ups, the slapstick violence, and the Rick Mayall inspired performance. The shoot was divided into two different sections. They turned out to be hilariously different from each other.

"The first part took place in a London studio with the band. Laurie and Isaac are great natural performers, and we had a full camera crew, so it was pretty much a case of me standing back and saying: "Just do your thing". 

"The second part took place in a flat in Glasgow. It was me, my girlfriend and a good pal shut up in a blacked out room with a stills camera for 3 days. For this section, it was a case of me saying: "Do I look greasy enough?" and "Try to make the whisk hit me in the face."

PRO Credits


DirectorCiaran Lyons
ProducerRob Jelley
Production CompanyHalcyon
Executive ProducerJack Pirie, Alex Hylands-white
1st ADTristan Hefele
Director of PhotographyEdgar Dubrovskiy
Focus PullerThom Nicholson, Ben Ashton
2nd ACHannah Jell
GafferAaron Szogi
Art DirectorJen Stewart
EditorRory Gordon, Ciaran Lyons
ColouristCiaran Lyons
VFXCiaran Lyons
Lead actorCiaran Lyons
Director's RepresentationLas Bandas Be Brave
CommissionerJames Hackett
SparkSonny Horwell
DITRichard Parsons
DITJames Vorley
RunnerGeorge Garnish
RunnerAlex Coles
Other creditsRotoscope Artist : Pete Fullarton

Cat Velez - 31st July 2015

Related Content


White 'Living Fiction' by Ciaran Lyons

Scottish filmmaker Ciaran Lyons - who previously directed and starred as a fidgety mess in the hyperreal clip for Slaves' Sockets - has continued to develop his …

Cat Velez - 28th Jan 2016

Latest News