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The xx - Islands (Dir. Saam Farahmand)

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vs, April 21, 2010 8:18:09 PM CEST

i love saam

senilitynow, April 21, 2010 8:20:56 PM CEST


pancho, April 21, 2010 8:32:21 PM CEST

oh wow, my brain hurts trying to pick out all the details... this is great.

macguffin, April 21, 2010 9:07:43 PM CEST

Good stuff.
Saam always manages to deliver

my name is legion, April 21, 2010 9:42:29 PM CEST

yep, hes good this guy i like his work

uglykittens, April 21, 2010 9:54:40 PM CEST


shoplifter, April 21, 2010 10:33:34 PM CEST

brilliant, and unexpectedly moving at the end..

NickyGoose, April 22, 2010 12:18:26 AM CEST


gregsinora, April 22, 2010 12:41:23 AM CEST

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!

pancho, April 22, 2010 12:50:50 AM CEST

...nah not being sarcastic, just trying to keep up with all the choreography, blocking, poses.. its lovely.

lashtape, April 22, 2010 2:00:49 AM CEST

Nice work Saam. Loved it.

kalstark, April 22, 2010 2:48:20 AM CEST

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.

popeye, April 22, 2010 6:06:05 AM CEST


spencefilms, April 22, 2010 6:11:56 AM CEST

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.

NickyGoose, April 22, 2010 7:22:59 AM CEST

Hard cuts work with cutting on those notes / beats perfectly.

kalstark, April 22, 2010 5:16:31 PM CEST

Yep, I think you need the hard cuts to create visual breaks between each repeat in the music. Seamless cuts would fight that.

spencefilms, April 22, 2010 9:58:51 PM CEST

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

lusk81, April 22, 2010 10:58:53 PM CEST

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.

kevathens, April 22, 2010 11:06:49 PM CEST

Don't worry, didn't work for me either. (Not that I'm the 'sp'ree de corps of taste, but..)

NickyGoose, April 23, 2010 2:47:18 AM CEST

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?

pancho, April 23, 2010 2:58:39 AM CEST

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.

gerger, April 23, 2010 12:05:42 PM CEST

mmm... I think that kind of coreography don´t match with the song neither the band... I don´t know...

elpau, April 23, 2010 5:24:15 PM CEST

I agree gerger. the style is good but the song is so good that you expect something more.
it's only an opinion.
good job

kayser_sauze, April 23, 2010 9:20:02 PM CEST

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

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