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. 

PRO Credits


DirectorDiane Martel
DirectorAlex Kapranos
DirectorBen Cole
ProducerChris Murdoch
Production CompanyPrettybird
Executive ProducerJuliette Larthe
Production ManagerPoppy Ashton
1st ADJonathan Sidwell
Director of PhotographyJack Reynolds
Focus PullerKarl Hui
2nd ACNina Mangold
GafferAlex Cullen
WardrobeMark Anthony
Stylist (cast)Reuben Esser
HairHiroshi Matsushita
Make-upAnete Salinieka
EditorBen Cole
ColouristVic Parker
Grading companyRaised By Wolves
CommissionerJohn Moule
Other credits2nd 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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