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Franz Ferdinand 'Billy Goodbye' by Diane Martel, Alex Kapranos & Ben Cole

Rob Ulitski - 18th Nov 2021

Iconic pop video director Diane Martel joins forces with Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos and Ben Cole to create the video for Billy Goodbye - taken from the Scottish rock band's forthcoming Greatest Hits album. 

The black and white concept feels experimental and evocative of early music videos, focusing on a group of characters who descend into a riotous party, full of bottle smashing, karaoke singalongs and melodramatic facial expressions. 

Glitchy performance setups, mixed formats and spliced cutaways add a textural element to the concept, aesthetically feeling very much like home-movie segments.

The randomness of the content and iconography in several of these scenes also elevates the absurdist nature of the piece. 

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Rob Ulitski - 18th Nov 2021

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  • Alternative
  • Absurd
  • Black and white
  • Monochromatic
  • Performance
  • Surreal

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Credits

Production/Creative

Director
Diane Martel
Director
Ben Cole
Director
Alex Kapranos
Producer
Production Company
Executive Producer
Juliette Larthe
Production Manager
Poppy Ashton
1st AD
Jonathan Sidwell

Camera

Director of Photography
Jack Reynolds
Focus Puller
Karl Hui
2nd AC
Nina Mangold

Lighting/Grip

Gaffer
Alex Cullen

Wardrobe

Stylist (Cast)
Reuben Esser
Hair
Hiroshi Matsushita
Make-up
Anete Salinieka
Wardrobe
Mark Anthony

Editorial

Editor
Ben Cole

Grading

Colourist
Vic Parker
Colour grade company
Raised By Wolves

Commission

Commissioner
John Moule

Other credits

2nd Unit DOP

Ben Cole

2nd AD

Jacqui Moore

Runners

Reuben Davis Lindley, Judy Ibel, Ellie Clapperton, Daniel Hughes Hawkins

Sparks

Lloyd Rubio, Benjamin Legget

Assistant Art Directors

Livvie Walters, Esther Dillner

Makeup Assistants

Martha Inoue, Emily Engleman, Anna Zalaszewska

Stylist’s Assistants

Lauren Rucha, Trinity Tristan

Hair Assistants

Yuri Kato, Marta Martineau, Jamie Keegan

Rob Ulitski - 18th Nov 2021

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