David Knight - 19th July 2016

Pablo Maestres doesn't direct music videos very often. His last one was the wonderfully surreal clip for Fur Voice's Fantasia, multi-nominated at the MVAs in 2015. Now he's back with a video for Wild Beasts - his first for a British band – which shares the dreamlike quality of the Fantasia video, but with a more nightmarish edge.

In the BTS film for the video, Maestres describes how he took the meaning of Big Cat as being a power that is beyond one's control. From that he extrapolated a road movie, with the band travelling around the Catalonia countryside in a classic '70s Ford Granada Ghia, evading unknown forces. The element of music-inspired surrealism is present from the start: models in magazines and posters lipsync the chorus of the song.

With the story building from a series of memorable set-pieces, this is a beautifully crafted work. The ambition of the production is reflected in the shooting schedule - 12 locations in two days - interrupted by an incredible storm, prior to the climactic scene in a carpark where Wild Beasts' singer Hayden Thorpe is confronted by a snarling wolf - which was evidently shot for real. Lets hope it's not another two years before the hugely talented Pablo Maestres' next music video.

PRO Credits

Credits

HairPaula Delgado
DirectorPablo Maestres
Executive ProducerLuke Tierney
Production ManagerAina Salarich
Director of PhotographyMarc Miró
Art DirectorIvÁn TriviÑo
ProducerLaia Barot
Make-upPaula Delgado
EditorCarlos Font Clos
ColouristXavi Santolaya
CommissionerBart McDonagh
LabelDomino
Other creditsCostume Designer: Beatriz Dominguez Post Production: Sim Sala Bim Service Company: HORSES

David Knight - 19th July 2016

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