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Police Dog Hogan 'Tyburn Jig' by Fred Rowson
Blink MD James Studholme's sideline as leader of shambly folk-bluegrass outfit Police Dog Hogan has led to notable videos by Blink and Colonel Blimp directors - but surely none better than this one by Fred Rowson.
As Rowson explains below, the band's song Tyburn Jig provided the ideal opportunity to realise a long-cherished idea, to create a Victorian-era Rogues Gallery like no other. What marks it out is the wit and invention that's gone into fleshing out the idea, and its brilliant delivery, involving great work in various departments - including wardrobe, art direction, make-up and photography.
The characters set before the police photographer's massive 19th century camera are an outlandish, exotic yet hapless bunch - they make Tom Hardy's band of reprobates in Taboo look slightly boring – all sentenced to hang, for committing pathetically trivial misdemeanours: stealing a wheel of cheese, egg smashing, pretending to have divine powers...
These unfortunates look amazing thanks to costume design by Grace Snell, art direction by Zoe Klinck and prosthetics and makeup by Emma Croft, who transformed Studholme and other band members into the unlikeliest characters. And then there's the fact it looks rather like it was shot in Victorian times: that's down to the skills of DoP Stefan Yap and colourist Edwin Metternich at Framestore. Wonderful work all round - the sort of thing that makes you proud to be British.
"This is an idea that I've wanted to make for a long, long time and it swiftly became apparent its destiny was intertwined with that of Police Dog Hogan. Especially when they released a song called Tyburn Jig – also known as the Spandau Ballet. It all fit together very neatly. I had also been searching for a film where I could collaborate with Emma Croft, whose skill at prosthetics I've admired for a while.
"As always, working with James was a really good opportunity to try something mad, and along with Emma, I'm endlessly grateful to Corin, our producer, as well as Grace Snell - who sourced our shepherd's frocks and peaked caps - Zoe Klinck - who found organs and handcuffs - and Stefan Yap - who made it look appropriately grimy, even before Framestore helped to make it look even grimier."
|Production Company||Colonel Blimp|
|Head of Music Video||Richard Grewe|
|Costume designer||Grace Snell|
|1st AD||Rory Shaw|
|Art Director||Zoe Klinck|
|Production Manager||Ellie Britton|
|Director of Photography||Stefan Yap|
|Post production company||Framestore|
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