Poppy and the Jezebels – UFO music video

I’ve got a shoebox hidden away with a load of old master tapes in.  I’m planning on uploading some of my old films bit by bit. 

This is a promo I made in 2008 for Mute Records, Poppy and the Jezebels are a 4 piece from South  Birmingham, I’ve done little bits of filming for them over the years and when a big shoot with a fancy London video director fell through last minute they asked me if I would step in.

The girls wanted it to be high contrast black and white, Poppys dad had picked up the space suit and was keen to use that somehow, my suggestion was the use of the silver balls and Theremine.

The idea evolved that they would be searching the woods, possibly for a UFO, the band shots were taken in Poppys back garden, I remember putting a minicam on the end of a pole whilst Dave turned the lights on and off at the plug.

I like to think of it as being viewed from the POV of the UFO – hence the circular framing. Although it was also a way of making a 4:3 shoot viable for MTV, I should have read the tech spec before shooting – whoops.  I love the frame though. 

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Video Photography Lens based artist
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