The Rapture - Pieces of the People We Love (Dir. Ben Dickinson & Jon Watts)
stylish black and white studio shooting
Anyone know how I can get a direct link to the *.mov?
I love this! A great cut
antneon: screeningroom.boardsmag.com ... Use GetRight or some download manager to force the 17 MB download.
Drop It Like It's Hot with class.
This is the best of the three. Good lord.
killer vid - well done gents
I don't mean to be a retard but I have a question. . . why do you all think this video is so great? I'm being serious, I'd like to hear what everyone likes just so I know what you're going on. This video did nothing for me. I don't know what I"m missing.
i'm kinda withya, petuli. the shadowholes were a cool idea, but the rest lost me. (very strange choice of track to do a vid to, seems t' me...)
it plays with black and white tricks but it's colorful. that's why I like it. It's just eye-candy. Well-composed. Waaay better than the last P. Daughter's b & w vid. And it flies with the track. Completes the trilogy.
I was reminded of "My Love" as well as "Drop It Like It's Hot"
I like it though.
I really want to see "Don Gon Do It" into a video.
One last comment, then I'll shut up. This isn't black and white, it's just desaturated as hell.
the shadows are the least appealing part of it. i could give a shit about concepts like that in videos, really. it just looks fucking good. eye candy, straight up. the shot of the people lined up behind. excellent.
Glitter suit is sweeeeet. Ballsy to have Mattie doing that many croon-moves but he's getting less goofy all the time. Ace vid dorks
I guess the genre of the white studio video will never go out of fashion because it is cheap and easy and striking from a minimalist design perspective. Of this genre, this is a 'good one'. It is very well executed, and nicely photographed/cut). With this video, everything post idea-creation is top notch.
I don't ever wonder why they get made- most comissioners will like them because they are easy to control performance-based 'ready for TV' products. Especially when they can't afford to gamble on a video. But c'mon guys...
When I watch them my interest lies purely in wondering what this director is going to try in order to liven up this tired genre. Brilliant. So this time they have people climbing out of the floor and soft lights swinging around. It sounds harsh to say but... so what?
All of these kind of videos blur into one. They are disposable marketing products and not why I like music videos. I lay down a challenge for anyone out there to name one of these videos that is actually worth remembering...
hey shittypretzel. why does this have class and drop it like its hot doesnt?
just my own thought. Snoop's video wasn't bad but it had some sort of fake feel. it was too 'cold'. In some videos b & w effect just doesn't feel true and natural.
this is a solid video and well executed. like some of you have said, not really ground breaking but I think it's a huge leap for both directors (esp. Ben) in the art of actually directing and not just coming up with a good treatment. yes, there is a difference. great coverage and edit. Most importantly, it really works with the vibe of the song. Conceptually, the others 2 videos of Ben's that I've seen, The Rapture (cartoon one?, and the LCD) are good, but the execution is horrible. They're both very sloppy and not in a intentional, gritty, rough way, but rather I don't know wtf I'm doing way. The LCD video was directed pretty well, but again too sloppy. Before I get a bunch of comments about those being intentionally sloppy. A great example who does lo-fi, but not sloppy is Gondry.
To head off any further comments about this post. There is a difference between writing a good treatment and being a good director. Writing a good treatment means being a good writer. Being a good director means telling the story through the coverage decided upon and editing. Also, getting a performance, be it from actors or musicians.
"Being a good director means telling the story through the coverage decided upon and editing. Also, getting a performance, be it from actors or musicians."
shittypretzel- i really have to disagree with you on that dude. The snoop video relied on good photography, tight editing, charismatic performance and some good old fashioned booty shaking. So the snoop video had some sort of fake feel, yet this video has people crawling out of the shadows on the ground and doesnt have a fake feel. Yeah, i know its an artistic expression, but c'mon. I think this Rapture video is cool, but more classy? Dont think so.
If this was my band, this is exactly the kind of video I would hope for.
Anyone else think this guy's voice is incredibly annoying? The video doesn't do much for me - its not bad, just not good.
There is always the separation of technique and idea.
This is so obviously promotional, so slick and so commercial. Competently shot and seemlessly assembled with the requisite cool beauty shots of the young aspiring band members. The repeat shots of rhythmic clapping stomping booty shaking set against a kind of slacker musical style just cries out for the commercial nod. There it succeeds. Sometimes half of what I enjoy in a music video is just the amount of fun I can see in there. These guys get to see themselves in suits, in black and white, doing cliched music video performance stuff, with neat fx work going on. Thats gotta be fun for them and I think it shows a bit. They are hamming it up. There it succeeds again. In the vast continuum of interesting videos does it add anything new? No, but often thats just not the point. Can't say I like the guy's voice, no.
For me it all comes down to budget. If they tackled this thing on a shoestring, I'd give them kudos for days. If they had more than a couple grand, well then I'd be a little less in awe.
I still can't get enough of that "Alright, Uhuh" video. That shit is fun. This video kinda makes them look too cool for school.
Yeah it's a YTvid
Fake punk rock is dead hourrah !
this is excellent, and here's why
75k video. Kev, you're right about Gondry's early works. Good point. It may not seem like it, but I was actually giving the guys a compliment. I think they have good ideas and I think that this video shows that their craftsmanship is beginning to catch up.