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Death Cab for Cutie "Different Names for the Same Thing" Dir: Autumn de Wilde

The first 5 seconds look great.... After that, the streaming stalled out.

MOV here:

s.american.agriculture, February 13, 2006 at 8:27:45 PM CET

totally adorable!

progosk, February 13, 2006 at 9:14:16 PM CET

supersweet. please let lead-mousey become a big star!

don't know why but i was expecting something awful from this autumn guy (gal?). maybe it's just the name, maybe it's just the bad memories of the spoon vid. this is shot sincerely, totally fits the track, and as always, kids are magic.

(stream worked fine for me.)

kevathens, February 13, 2006 at 9:37:30 PM CET

Autumn has been a photographer for a while. She also did an Elliott Smith vid "Son of Sam" with red balloons in it, and a nice one for the Sun.

She's done a few of the recent RES covers too (Beck, Animal Collective..)

-Your friendly director-file

P.S. these streams never work great for me (PC/Firefox&IE)

tblunt, February 13, 2006 at 9:49:06 PM CET

wtf is up with amateur hour. sound was out of sync, videoish cinematography looked like ass, concept (at least as far as the first 30 seconds, which was all i got) was nothing more than cutesy shlock. etc etc etc.

shame, autumn's still photography is really beautiful.

sdelahoyde, February 13, 2006 at 11:08:30 PM CET

Seems like all of these are like that so far. Liked this one far better than the Lightborne one though. That one was pretty to look at, but seemed really contrived. This one suffers from more of the former than the latter, though still a pretty hefty dose of both. But at least it's got a lot of heart.

ccir601, February 13, 2006 at 11:49:52 PM CET

Almost identical shots to a 1975 NFB doc on school a school music program:


jkoxvold, February 13, 2006 at 11:50:42 PM CET

huh. i kinda agree. makes me wonder if death cab have a different idea of how their work is perceived than it actually is. or maybe it's just my interpretation of their work that's off the mark, which is equally possible. ok more possible.

hi steve!

gwan, February 14, 2006 at 3:54:19 AM CET

The casting is perfect. alot of kids in videos as of late! In regaurds to the NFB doc, its shares well kids and and an enthuisiastic conductor which are both fairly common in childrens music programs. Autumn de Wilde is good at constructing a simple scenario and keeping it solid, she should stick with this format...and this may be due to her photographic background.

otaku-house, February 14, 2006 at 4:19:51 AM CET

Autumn's actual inspiration was still Canadian, but as far as I know she's never seen that NFB doc. Maybe her shooting crew had.

It was obviously inspired by the Langley Kids Project. On the DVD we feature the actual audio recording the kids playing their arrangement of the song. It's pretty amazing. I wish the video had used that audio instead - a music video with an interpretation of the song not even performed by the band would've been cool. Alas, all directors get final cut and I believe budget reasons impeded this, too.

It was amateurish, yes, but with the Every Child Left Behind initiative music programs all across the country have been gutted. Autumn donated the entire budget to the school's music department, which already was being funded solely by parents donations. She probably doesn't want me to publicize that, but it's good egg stuff just like she is.

Jason, your treatment was awesome, and congrats on the rockstar comp. win. But this is undeniably something near and dear to the band - it was inspired directly by a Chris Walla story about school choir. Autumn tells the story on the DVD.

Anyone seen Autumn's Jenny Lewis video? Jenny is over the moon about it, but I can't see it since I'm on a Mac.

Next week, Monkmus, after which my favorite stretch of Directions starts.

five_animals, February 14, 2006 at 4:46:02 AM CET

wait what?!

He broke the three section over your back?! do you mean just as a hit? or the staff actually broke? because if it actually broke, hen it was a very weak staff, and you'd probably be out of training for a long time (if it were a strong staff)

scudmore, February 14, 2006 at 4:47:10 AM CET

very moving stuff. i think it goes perfectly with the song. i'll admit, it actually gave me chills.

jkoxvold, February 14, 2006 at 8:29:43 PM CET

oh, that's cool. I'm glad it came from somewhere close to the heart.

My point wasn't related to this video on its own (and for what it's worth for those who don't know what aaron's referring to, I pitched on 'brothers on a hotel bed'), but I find a lot of death cab songs to be so beautifully sad, but often the videos - on 'directions' and otherwise - seem to be a little on the saccharine side. that said, with the streaming difficulties, maybe i'm just not getting far enough through the songs to see the whole picture.


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