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Carpark North - Human (dir. Martin De Thurah)

Carpark North - Human

Easily the coolest music video of this year, so far.

Click here for Quicktime.

here's an swf

fonsboy, April 8, 2005 at 9:31:48 PM CEST

can anyone say something about this band? where from? label etc.?

progosk, April 8, 2005 at 10:15:59 PM CEST

woah..:! great casting, like the photography, interesting little ideas. great overall atmosphere; no columbine gonna happen in this school anytime soon.

shame the track's mediocre (though the my sharona riff at the end is humorous enough...)

cleetus, April 8, 2005 at 10:21:03 PM CEST

m-m-m-myyy Sharona.

najork, April 8, 2005 at 10:28:49 PM CEST

I wonder if this is what those Daniel Levi videos (Prodigy, LFO) were supposed to be like.

duel_, April 8, 2005 at 10:31:40 PM CEST

Definitely great casting...the use of children at their most awkward age helps show a starker and more uncomfortable reality than if the band used the typical pretty female models and hipster pretty boys.

captainmarc22, April 8, 2005 at 10:36:35 PM CEST

great video... great song... what was the treatment like for this?

the shot where the kid slams his hand on the desk is better than all the work done by Daniel Levi or that "We Are not ready to die" dude.

progosk, April 8, 2005 at 10:36:52 PM CEST

i'll post another video by this guy in a minute. meanwhile here's some info on this one (from

Artist: Carpark North Video: Human Director: Martin De Thura Album: All Things To All People

Story: This week's MTV Pick Of The Week is Danish Carpark North and the first single from their new album "All Things To All People". This is the follow up to self-titled debut album "Carpark North" which was released in 2003. The track is called "Human" and is a classic guitar driven rock/pop song. Martin de Thura directs the video, which is a brilliant piece of film featuring amazing dancing kids in different environments, in the gym and in school interacting with each other. The director used to go to the school where the video was filmed. The camera seems to be focusing on the movements, body language and feelings of these children. You could say focusing on everything human.

What else: Carpark North consists of Søren, Morten, and Lau, all in their early 20ies. 1999 they started to form what is now Carpark North. But in the beginning they played under the name "WEED", not knowing what the word stood for. The band's debut album got great reviews in the Danish press and Carpark North sold over 40.000 copies in 2003. The kids who were casted for the "Human"-video were accepted if they dared to dance ugly. Most of the kids are dancers and maybe that was one of the reasons the video was shot in only two days.

jdub, April 8, 2005 at 11:34:53 PM CEST

Killer video. So many fun ideas and tweaks on things in a sort of playfully haunted school. There nothing narrative or overtly substantive here but it doesn't need it. The casting is so good and the lighting and feel is very pure feeling. The hand slam on the table shot is so fucking awesome - it's a shot that most directors/editors would hold on. But we're in and out perfectly. This happens a few times in interesting little ways. So great. If I stop analysing from a filmmaker's viewpoint it's even better.

And the band wasn't in it! unheard of!

the invisible kid, April 8, 2005 at 11:48:18 PM CEST


stripedcollar, April 9, 2005 at 1:27:33 AM CEST

Amazing video. Just exquisite, in a really stripped down (no pun intended) human Jonathan Glazer kind of way. Oh, and captainmarc, the guy's name is Daniel Askill, and his film was called "We Have Decided Not to Die". He also directed the video for U.N.C.L.E.'s "Reign" and co-directed the video for Sia's "Breathe Me", both of them exceptional.

langdonallger, April 9, 2005 at 3:45:58 AM CEST

Wow, this was really great, and the two Daniels suck even more now for some reason.

zoomzip, April 9, 2005 at 5:37:50 AM CEST

came for the video, stayed for the Daniel Levi sass.

good times :)

lusk81, April 9, 2005 at 9:54:48 PM CEST

Almost there.

All around great. Easily the best promo I've seen posted here in months. As a whole, it explores a thrilling concept: some final moment(s) of adolescent empowerment before the crippling and transformative loss via puberty. These kids are superheroes, untainted and unaffected by the world and my disappointment with this piece tends to lean toward how figurative the execution and presentation of said children are.

It's powerful to see them frontal, face first and awkward. Visages robbed by wind. Absolutely thrilling to find kids touching each other in exploratory and non sexual ways. Children with super powers (flying, jumping, sliding). A chalkboard that explodes with writing.

The bare kid displaying his muscles as the light fades is incredible, but shots of hands clenching, neck straining, and maniac dancing is in the ballpark but getting at something entirely less.

Moreover, it's unnecessary to have macro shots of blood flowing through veigns/cappilaries/etc. We understand transformation and growth from the collective whole and don't need to penetrate their physiology in order to grasp this.

The shot of the kid hitting the desk is better than 100% of the work by our current promo directors.

dateline, April 11, 2005 at 8:25:11 AM CEST

checked out this video just because it was said to be "coolest video music video of this year." I'm glad what was said was..right. it's excellent.. the cast, the kids, the lighting. just amazing.

kevathens, December 15, 2005 at 3:05:41 AM CET

Credits (from Boards): Director: Martin de Thurah Production company: Rank film, Denmark Photography: Kasper Tuxen Editor: Peter Brandt Producer: Christian Rank Postproduction: Martin de Thurah Produktion/ Rasmus Lange- Gul Stue/ Duckling Record Label: EMI music, Denmark

juicemaster, December 16, 2005 at 8:29:04 AM CET

well the music is really crap. but visually it´s pretty good. try to play this muted in slow mo alongside a track from boards of canada, it makes so much more sense

progosk, December 16, 2005 at 8:47:25 AM CET

making the best video of 2005 even better? video remix, please, juice!

kevathens, December 16, 2005 at 2:08:32 PM CET

You're right, juice. The song isn't terribly great. BoC is my favorite band: kick it!

quellcode, January 25, 2006 at 1:47:19 AM CET

great video, no adults, teenage rebellion.

the quicktime link doesn't seem to work anymore - does anybody know where I can find a downloadable .mov or other format?


progosk, January 25, 2006 at 1:56:30 AM CET

here's an swf; also: you can find the quicktime on this site (upper right-hand); it is - hatefully - embedded (though once it loads you can save it to disk).

progosk, December 28, 2006 at 6:19:45 PM CET

human: 50mb squashedscreen mpeg downloadable here.

lusk81, December 28, 2006 at 7:14:58 PM CET

PROG: The aspect has been squashed. It's a kind of shotty widescreen.

progosk, December 28, 2006 at 7:30:08 PM CET

i know - sux. there's a good qt here

(odd little hare trailer there, too. and: look out for his first commercial, for ikea, coming soon - the offline promises poetry...)

progosk, July 10, 2007 at 2:31:45 PM CEST

human - concert version. also: interview with de thurah.


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