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Kanye West, "Flashing Lights" (dirs. Spike Jonze/Kanye)

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tommyg, February 13, 2008 9:12:22 PM CET

I think this is just the teaser. It's not the full video.


         
najork, February 13, 2008 9:46:59 PM CET

There is def a Martin de Thurah vid for this song coming, but Kanye does multiple versions.

I had not got around to posting this yet, but there are some webisodes of Jonze chatting with Kanye and Hype while they edit.

www.vbs.tv


         
black_dust, February 13, 2008 9:53:06 PM CET

Im so glad they blurred out the ligher fluid i never know how to start fires right, this will prevent me further :)

Its a interesting teaser


         
matei-alexandru mocanu, February 14, 2008 12:32:28 AM CET

wicked


         
otc, February 14, 2008 12:56:48 AM CET

jiggle,jiggle,jiggle -sorry I was distracted for a second. Just curious, what makes you think its Jonze?

Those web episodes are pure gold btw.


         
saddy, February 14, 2008 1:08:01 AM CET

this is just the teaser to the full length video which is a few minutes longer.

otc: www.transworldnews.com


         
polanek, February 14, 2008 1:45:10 AM CET

hmmm... this "Spikie Jonze" fellow seems to know what he's doing. He's got a bright future in music video directing, if you ask me!


         
familiar, February 14, 2008 2:47:40 AM CET

I dunno who this "Spike Jonze" director thinks he is, but he's totally ripping off Spike Jonze.


         
tintonkam, February 14, 2008 3:00:21 AM CET

this is really really good


         
chatters, February 14, 2008 3:12:20 AM CET

awesome. i am officially teased.


         
30f, February 14, 2008 4:55:09 PM CET

I was kind of bummed when she started gacking him with the shovel. Maybe I am weird, but I had been hoping that we were gonna learn that this guy was actually Kanye all along.

Those VBS interviews are fun. I love the awkward laugh when Hype makes the "joke" about running off with the footage and Kanye has to pretend like he hasn't had a nightmare about that very thing.


         
beatle_matt, February 14, 2008 5:15:07 PM CET

Fuck I hate Kanye...


         
fred99, February 14, 2008 5:46:48 PM CET

That is the completed video. It's not a teaser. That is the whole thing.


         
academian, February 14, 2008 6:17:53 PM CET

Where is the blood?


         
loz, February 14, 2008 8:20:40 PM CET

meh.
expensive meh.


         
dim, February 15, 2008 1:53:47 AM CET

this is the wet-dream of a millionaire.


         
so_hot, February 15, 2008 2:03:04 AM CET

Love the mini-shoulder pad thingy Rita G is wearing. Very Fall 2007.


         
otc, February 15, 2008 7:42:29 AM CET

Yeah now I'm seeing rumors that the De Thurah video got scrapped due to creative differences. I think Fred might be right, this is the video.


         
progosk, February 15, 2008 1:23:53 PM CET

confirmed, otc, the other one was nixed. (and, having seen it, i can only say i understand why.)


         
shut up, February 15, 2008 2:36:50 PM CET

how did you see it?


         
zytonspyke, February 15, 2008 2:41:41 PM CET

How about the one directed by NEON? I saw it mentioned once on VideoStatic.


         
progosk, February 15, 2008 3:01:07 PM CET

did you, shut?


         
shut up, February 15, 2008 3:06:34 PM CET

no I wish, totally understand if you have to keep quiet, just curious.


         
academian, February 15, 2008 3:15:25 PM CET

Nope. The De Thurah vid did not get pulled.

Progosk, appreciate that you can't say where you saw it but would love to know why you think it should have been pulled, if thats what you were saying?

...or maybe we should save this debate until next week when it gets posted...


         
progosk, February 15, 2008 4:00:35 PM CET

i said i understand why (if it were), not that i thought that it should. (yes, there are changes i would have suggested, but then, who'm i to so opine...?)


         
academian, February 15, 2008 4:47:18 PM CET

Fair comment. The De Thurah video is beautiful but ballsy... I'm really excited to hear what Antvillers comments are on this, when its posted.


         
framescourer, February 15, 2008 10:13:26 PM CET

Good call 30, although I found myself thinking of Electroma - twilight and all that.


         
productisking, February 16, 2008 7:02:41 AM CET

better take on origin of treatment....

content.onsmash.com

its crazy to me how we are al so worked up on an incomplete video...

..i mean the song cuts off. only kanyike Jezst.


         
kayser_sauze, May 3, 2008 6:53:34 PM CEST

Spike mov
Neon's take: mov


         
captainmarc22, May 15, 2008 11:38:05 PM CEST

martin de thurah's version - anyone seen it? And was Neon's rejected or just an alternate version?


         
kee, May 15, 2008 11:47:41 PM CEST

Neon's version has some nice photography in it, but I think the technique was better applied and executed here...
streetgangfilms.com


         
my name is legion, May 16, 2008 12:55:06 AM CEST

'out flew the web and floated wide/ the mirror crack'd from side to side'

i like it when the cup is brimming over with wine/ blood; also, when the maid is lying on the floor, skirt up
other than that, it tries too hard.

i love spike jonze's.


         
lisanowak, May 16, 2008 2:32:42 AM CEST

thx prog. that was great.


         
kee, May 16, 2008 3:34:25 AM CEST

The cinematography and styling hooked me but the concept doesn't seem to mesh well with the track at all... Three videos for one single is a tad excessive.


         
videowildchild, May 16, 2008 8:17:10 AM CEST

I missed the NEON / Partizan video of Kanye's Flashing lights - where can I find it


         
videowildchild, May 16, 2008 8:21:50 AM CEST

progosk - you still got it???


         
otc, May 16, 2008 8:25:28 AM CEST

Hmm I actually like it a lot. I'll admit I can't really make heads or tails of it but it's a good sort of enigma. Anyone have a theory about the maid/party girl duality? Is it me or does De Thurah have a ghost fetish?


         
progosk, May 16, 2008 8:47:03 AM CEST

what, wildchild?

just for the record: of the three, jonze's really is a standout.


         
clairesquare, May 16, 2008 6:15:13 PM CEST

Thanks for posting Martin's. I think he's genius.

I liked seeing multiple videos for the same song- and I think it is good for the artist as well, because then the song isn't tied to a single visual interpretation. They play against each other nicely.


         
videowildchild, May 16, 2008 7:15:30 PM CEST

can't find NEON's version of the video anywhere


         
progosk, May 16, 2008 7:32:18 PM CEST

ah, sorry - nope.


         
progosk, May 17, 2008 12:26:09 AM CEST

de thurah's comment on shooting with kanye:
"The making of the video brought together “a crazy amount of cultural differences,” says De Thurah. “I’m Scandinavian arthouse, he’s big pop, and it was such an intense experience. I felt like I was standing naked on a huge stage with a gun held to my head and everybody shouting ‘Perform!’ ”


         
captainmarc22, May 18, 2008 12:51:27 PM CEST

repost de thurahs, please!


         
scooper, May 18, 2008 1:26:04 PM CEST

it's still there capn' marc. just login to the link left above...

reminds me of Eddie Murphy's Haunted Mansion or a bad episode of Scooby Scooby Doooooooo...

Total clash of styles. And Kanye's expressions are constipated and awkward...


         
msm, May 25, 2008 10:49:25 PM CEST

Dir. Bill Pollock


         
framescourer, May 26, 2008 12:55:54 PM CEST

Yes, this Pollock one does strike me as a genuine alternative (despite the disingenuous toobtalk:

This was the version you weren't meant to see. Planned to be the video he was suppose to release. That means you won't see this on TV. I hope Kanye won't be mad at me because of this. Kanye, email me, I'll remove this if it's necessary.)

It's slick and inconsequential with a sub American Apparel middle act. Nothing to get excited about, especially after the Jonze's version.


         
my name is legion, May 26, 2008 1:49:16 PM CEST

word


         
progosk, May 26, 2008 2:48:54 PM CEST

that was the NEON version (or what was previously billed as such). bill pollock, for those who might've missed out, is the genius behind the "beauty reel"...


         
framescourer, May 26, 2008 6:36:16 PM CEST

Really? Hmm, with two 'leaked' videos in the past fortnight one would be forgiven for thinking someone's got a chip on their shoulder...


         
kalstark, May 26, 2008 7:43:12 PM CEST
  1. Spike Jonze version 10/10
  2. Neon version 7/10
  3. Martin de Thurah version 5/10

It was heart-wrenching to watch de Thurah's video for Kanye.
a) The whole thing felt like it was written, shot, and edited for a completely different song.
b) Kanye, for the first time in recent memory, didn't look to have one iota of superstar in him.
c) And the narrative was so muddy it was like watching a celebrity slowly sink into quicksand. :(

I thoroughly enjoy de Thurah's work. I think his Carpark North video for 'Human' is outstanding and it's one of my favorite vids but this most recent outing was a mess. Even the one bright spot, the cinematography, fell apart on most of Kanye's hero shots (the image becomes inexplicably grainier and the footage looks unpleasantly flared).

Like progosk said before, Spike Jonze' video is the standout. I remember feeling sooooo artistically jealous when I saw it for the first time. ;) It was brilliant in its concept, simplicity, and strength.

I also enjoyed the Neon version and felt that it was an innovative use of a gimmick we've seen before. This video felt right for the song and kept me interested throughout.

However, a lot of my interest came from seeing what another director could do with a song I've already watched a video for. Had the Neon version been the only version released for 'Flashing Lights' I think I would have been let down. The song is wicked and it deserved and needed a visual like the one Jonze gave to it.

K


         
croytaque, January 27, 2009 12:54:45 PM CET

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