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'Purplene - Love: Western' Aussie Indi Band

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Hey guys, here is our latest and second clip for Sydney Indi Kids, Purplene ( This is our first on 16mm. Shot over three days, that saw us gain the use of a theatre/actors and puppet at the 11th hour.

Hope you enjoy, we are fairly proud of this one..So give us some feedback.

captainmarc22, June 10, 2005 7:30:25 AM CEST

very interesting - it plays almost like 2 videos.

Good: song; lead singer performance - somewhat haunting; cool city scenes; end puppet is awesome (even though we've seen similar before).

Meh: the flash frames; the goofing off felt out of place; the crazy girl w/ the baby doll dress

I didn't see a concept here but for whatever reason I found this video compelling.

knomadix, June 10, 2005 8:21:06 AM CEST

thanks, there was no real 'concept'..we are trying more to capture mood and flesh out the tone with imagery.the flash frames are real..we had to shoot on a tonne of short ends :)

keep the opinions coming!

english, June 10, 2005 9:41:50 AM CEST

Yeah, just that the puppetry at the end with the puppeteer in frame is really beautiful.
My initial reaction was "great here comes the weird monster Chucky part", but instead it was something much more interesting, sort of innocent.


toaster, June 10, 2005 3:26:40 PM CEST

Agreed. I liked the innocent insanity of the puppet and the puppet master. At first I wondered why the puppet master was in the frame, and then (am I reading too much into tit here) I kinda saw it as an extension of himself. I especially liked the puppets motion when throwing the airplane ... body movements, eye-to-plane line etc. was all spot on. Would like to see that type of vibe/concept played out in an entire video. Well done.

knomadix, June 10, 2005 3:42:49 PM CEST

cheers.yeah the puppet is an extension of him..or a tool used by him to interact with the 'other' world. That is him brushing his teeth and preparing..ritual stuff..for the journey(the shot of the ballerina in the box, his objective)

mrnmibrc, June 10, 2005 10:38:46 PM CEST

What is a flashframe?

I liked the video from a stylistic perspective. As a whole it seemed kind of, well, loose. My favorite was the change in depth of field between cuts of the singer.

najork, June 10, 2005 11:44:49 PM CEST

a frame that flashes. See 'Come To Daddy.'

These are mostly added in post these days, but it is meant to simulate light leaking into the film inside the camera. In some camaras, the shutter must be left open in order to see though the viewfinder. So head and tail of each shot tend to have a warm flickering glow.

knomadix, June 11, 2005 3:03:19 AM CEST

yep..and in this case most of our short ends were we ran right over the ends of them and just went with it..interestingly enough a lot of 'em happened on beats..

eat a bug, June 11, 2005 8:37:31 PM CEST

hi there, really enjoyed the shots of the city, and seeing people walking around. the stone of the buildings and colors of signs really gave a delicious quality to the picture. The images of the dog were really nice as well. One edit that i really liked was the 1st shot we see of the puppeteer, and the cut to the tap pouring onto the floor. My first time watching it, I thought it was vomit becuase of how the puppeteer doesn't look so well, but then you reveal it was actually a tap. cool.

One question i have images of origami cranes, and then the shots of the puppeteer...are you familiar with Japanese bunraku puppets? They are very similar to the one you had in the video...the puppet master dresses all in black and manipulates the puppet from behind. I was wondering if someone on your staff was interested in Japan cuz of the origami and the puppeting....any connection?

Note to the band--really liked the song too!

peace out

cleetus, June 11, 2005 10:54:55 PM CEST

I reeeallly felt this song and video. Exceptional amount of aesthetic appeal.

The 7/4 feel of the verses really set the tone, and captures interest. Lyrics, melodies, guitar lines all feel in place. The calm chorus ("where does fear go...") shows a good use of dynamicism, and the drummer connects the phrases together really well. I love the singers voice, and I'm hoping the rest of the band's songs show just a bit more of his range.

I was kind of caught off guard by the puppet, but his performance was excellent. I kind of wish there was more foreshadowing or a build up to his appearance. You know, like you can tell he's coming. Maybe upon watching it the second time I'll understand him more.

All in all, one of the most enjoyable posts I've seen in weeks.

knomadix, June 12, 2005 8:21:21 AM CEST

Thanks guys!

Umm..Yes, we are very much interested in Japanese culture. I just thought the use of Origami would add to the idea of multi-layering, folding and revealing objects that are not all that they seem.

The Puppet itself was made by Bryony Anderson and used in a great little theatre production called 'politely savage'.

The band are awesome! I’d highly recommend you check more of them. In particular the song 'lyonhardt'..kills me every time.

We are in planning at the moment for a clip for another amazing Aussie band 'Audiophile’. Instrumental, multi-layered mathy guitar stuff..Think 'Fugazi' meets 'do make say think' brushed with elements of 'don cabellero' minus vocals.something like that anyway..

gant, June 12, 2005 1:27:56 PM CEST

great! really.
unespected ending.

also the song.
good stuff.
thanks for posting quality!

c41, June 17, 2005 3:37:09 AM CEST

damn, i heard it was a nice clip - but THAT nice?!

hottest purplene clip yet. and one of my favourite tracks off the album.

the first 2/3rds of the songs makes me feel like a million bucks, but that last 1/3rd where it goes dark and sinister makes me want to punch a wall. (which i consider to be the sign of a strong song - when it hits you in the guts that hard)

excellent work dudes. & kudos to the film buffs that shot it.

damselfly, July 15, 2005 11:18:54 PM CEST

this is such a great film clip. it is by far the best i have seen in a long long time. love the song too. i love the puppets face as he looks up to the clock and then his hand lifts the girls lock of hair. your video hits me in the heart. thanks for something really really beautiful.

knomadix, August 25, 2005 3:23:48 AM CEST

Thanks again for all the words of encouragement guys!!

purplene final show...for those in Australia

Saturday 24 September
Mandarin Club, Sydney

  • special guests

I think Marcus Teague from Deloris will be playing also..


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