Wednesday, December 20, 2006

"Don't Lie About The Medium."



So after I came back from Europe with Fokofpolisiekar, the drummer (Snake) got it into his head that I would HAVE to make them a music video of the trip (with no small amount of punting from my side, since I have been wanting to do something with the song in question ever since I heard the demo in January.)

The track is Ek Skyn (Heilig), from the band's latest full length offering, Swanesang. There's a fair amount of word play in the title and the lyrics in general, and in the narrative of the images in relation to them. For those of you who do not speak Afrikaans, it may be a bit hard to follow; if you are wondering about a line, connection or unclear shot, drop me a line, and I will explain if need be. All the images basically come from the European trip; London, Belgium and Holland all feature. The only shots that were done elsewhere, are the portraits that appear at the beginning of the video. These were made on the last day of recording the album, at the studio. Photos from this shoot were used in the album art and in a Sunday Times feature on the band, as well as Cold Caffiene In A Nicotine Cloud, the exhibition A Nighthawks Project held at The Bin in October this year.

The portraits at the end of the vid were taken on the last day of the tour, as a counterpoint, just before the band went on stage. Fatigue, anyone? Speaking of fatigue, early December turned into a slew of all-nighters, as Zander Blom (of Avant Car Guard fame, and fellow founder of A Nighthawks Project) co-produced it with me, handling the editing and coffee making duties, and ensuring that it came out good and proper. While I shot the photos to begin with, and had initially story-boarded most of it myself, there can be no doubt that working with Zander took it up many a notch. We have done our fair share of burning the candle at both ends together in the past, and it was a pleasure to complete this project the way we did.

Even if we almost went insane in the process.

Mk89 aired our video tonight at 7pm, and if initial reactions are anything to go by, we did good. Regardless, we're proud of it. You can watch it at the link above: let us know what you think of it.

Keep in mind though that the YouTube link is not of the highest quality, rendering or synchronisation; you're going to have to see it on telly to appreciate it proper, like.

Later.

2 Comments:

Blogger Lynn said...

Excellent photo's and an excellent video. I almost cried when I saw it for the first time!

07:34  
Blogger Natascha said...

You are the King of music photography!

15:30  

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