The xx - Islands (Dir. Saam Farahmand)
i love saam
oh wow, my brain hurts trying to pick out all the details... this is great.
Saam always manages to deliver
yep, hes good this guy i like his work
brilliant, and unexpectedly moving at the end..
Yeah this was good. I can't tell if pancho's being sarcastic or if I'm not paying enough attention or if the screen's too small!
...nah not being sarcastic, just trying to keep up with all the choreography, blocking, poses.. its lovely.
Nice work Saam. Loved it.
Wow, now this is high-concept music video work. The video was mesmerizing. I wouldn't have guessed that by repeating the same basic action over and over you could create the impression of a constant stream of new images.
I found myself seeing new and different things with each pass and focused on different people and different parts of the frame each time. Now, I know the action was changing bit by bit but it felt so much deeper than the small changes in the first 2/3rds of the video.
Color me impressed.
Technically pretty brilliant, perfect timing. Almost wish the transitions from shot to shot were seamless, but i think with Saam the hard cuts were a decision made. Perfect simplicity for the track.
Hard cuts work with cutting on those notes / beats perfectly.
Yep, I think you need the hard cuts to create visual breaks between each repeat in the music. Seamless cuts would fight that.
Its almost as though they planned on ging the seamless route with the blown out X, but perhaps decided in editorial to nix the idea, thats all im saying
Really? I'm not crazy about this...
None of this felt compelling or developing to me. The first half of the video felt boringly repetitive. And if I was supposed to see different 'details' with every change, I'm not sure I even found the imagery/setup interesting enough to care anyway. Pretty grade, and interesting conceit, just didn't work for me.
Don't worry, didn't work for me either. (Not that I'm the 'sp'ree de corps of taste, but..)
Differentiating details didn't mean much to be at beginning, as I couldn't notice many changes either, but I liked that. I was already digging the widescreen framing and incorporation of their album art early on.
As it went on, what was apparent to me was that the vocalists were in synch with the lyrics each shot, which means they did that pull back move many times!
When the more noticeable changes came in, I was already "mesmerized" as @kalstark said. My question is this - who was the dolly grip? That wasn't mo-control right? Too expensive I would think...although it's just a tiny set...
It reminded me most of the "Seven Nation Army" video, but with less vertigo and more beatnik.
Budget? Camera? DP?
Saam has used motion control before. This one must have been motion controlled imo as well. Or a really really good silk handed shaolin jedi grip.
mmm... I think that kind of coreography don´t match with the song neither the band... I don´t know...
I agree gerger. the style is good but the song is so good that you expect something more.
it's only an opinion.
Production Company: Partizan London
Producer: Ben Sullivan
Director: Saam Farahmand @ Doomsday Entertainment
Cinematographer: Will Bex @ Wizzo & Co
Art Director: Ed Butcher @ The Design Set
Choreographer: Supple Nam @ Kryptic Movement
Editor: Tom Lindsay @ Trim
VFX Artist: Chris Bristow @ Munky