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The Rapture - Pieces of the People We Love (Dir. Ben Dickinson & Jon Watts)

stylish black and white studio shooting

antneon, February 24, 2007 at 3:39:38 PM CET

Anyone know how I can get a direct link to the *.mov?

marsheen, February 24, 2007 at 4:25:49 PM CET

I love this! A great cut

antdude, February 24, 2007 at 8:04:09 PM CET

antneon: ... Use GetRight or some download manager to force the 17 MB download.

shittypretzel, February 24, 2007 at 8:22:05 PM CET

Drop It Like It's Hot with class.

setanor, February 24, 2007 at 10:24:13 PM CET

This is the best of the three. Good lord.

hassinator, February 24, 2007 at 10:51:58 PM CET

killer vid - well done gents

petulia, February 25, 2007 at 12:11:11 AM CET

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.

progosk, February 25, 2007 at 12:39:04 AM CET

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...)

shittypretzel, February 25, 2007 at 12:53:45 AM CET

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.

mainchara, February 25, 2007 at 1:47:55 AM CET

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.

petulia, February 25, 2007 at 1:57:46 AM CET

One last comment, then I'll shut up. This isn't black and white, it's just desaturated as hell.

setanor, February 25, 2007 at 2:21:40 AM CET

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.

casualaesthete, February 25, 2007 at 3:26:55 AM CET

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

shatner, February 25, 2007 at 3:57:09 AM CET

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...

progosk, February 25, 2007 at 8:50:03 AM CET

i remember cross bone style and lucky number nine. not that that means anything, ' course.

c-dub, February 25, 2007 at 5:13:42 PM CET

hey shittypretzel. why does this have class and drop it like its hot doesnt?

shittypretzel, February 25, 2007 at 6:52:28 PM CET

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.

inatree, February 26, 2007 at 7:36:28 AM CET

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.

spit, February 26, 2007 at 8:00:15 AM CET

"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."


hijed, February 26, 2007 at 8:35:22 AM CET

hahahaha HUH?

c-dub, February 26, 2007 at 9:08:10 AM CET

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.

kevathens, February 26, 2007 at 2:13:59 PM CET

Don't be too hard on Ben or Jon. Michel's early works weren't exactly masterpieces.

30f, February 26, 2007 at 6:02:37 PM CET

If this was my band, this is exactly the kind of video I would hope for.

musicvideosyay, February 26, 2007 at 6:45:20 PM CET

Anyone else think this guy's voice is incredibly annoying? The video doesn't do much for me - its not bad, just not good.

toddyokoh, February 26, 2007 at 7:33:53 PM CET

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.

winchandpulley, February 26, 2007 at 9:52:07 PM CET

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.

jmduqu, February 26, 2007 at 11:02:49 PM CET

Yeah it's a YTvid

ai, February 27, 2007 at 1:58:14 AM CET

Fake punk rock is dead hourrah !

obtusity, February 27, 2007 at 8:04:32 AM CET

this is excellent, and here's why

inatree, February 27, 2007 at 8:06:44 AM CET

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.


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