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Director: W.A.M. Bleakley

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Artist: DMA’s Track: The End Label: I Oh You Director: W.A.M. Bleakley (www.wambleakley.com) Production Company: Curious Film Post Production: The Editors




How were you approached for the job?
I’m a massive fan of the DMA’s – they’re one of my favourite bands. I treated on a clip for their last album, but didn’t get the gig. So I was super keen to work with them on their new album.
Just before their new album was released, my friend Mason from DMA’s introduced me to their manager Leon, and I treated on The End shortly after.
What inspired your ideas?
For me, the song was about feeling lost at the end of a relationship and how difficult it can be to pull yourself back together. I had an idea of lonely strangers sharing a moment of togetherness at night – we all felt this was a solid thematic match. Pacing wise, the song picks up quite a bit in the chorus, so the biggest concern was to have visuals that kept the story moving along quickly. The clip was all about moments rather than scenes.
I was in…

Director: Kate Haplin

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Director: Kate Haplin

Artist: Mark Wilkinson

Video: Come on home
How were you approached for the job?
I work as an art director on the side and had done the production design and costume design on Mark’s last music video ‘Another Necklace’. So after that project I was offered the opportunity to pitch for his next two music videos.

What inspired you on your idea for the video?
The idea actually came to me straight away and was very loosely based on the first short film I wrote and directed while at film school. It also dealt with an elderly man losing his wife and going into a state of shock and denial (however I did replace a blow up doll with a dance hall full of spandex attired ‘senior citizens’) – so they’re pretty different.
I was conscious from the outset that I wanted to avoid a clichéd break-up premise, as I think it would have felt overly sentimental. The music had a strong repetitive beat and ‘boppiness’ that I felt lended itself to a degree of quirkiness and playfulness.I’m also a …

Director: Hey Beautiful Jerks

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Producers: Hey Beautiful Jerk (Gina Niespodziani and Mark Szumski) & Skinner
Artist: High On Fire

Video: The Black Plot
http://www.heybeautifuljerk.nyc http://www.theartofskinner.com




How were you approached for the job? 
Skinner approached us in December 2015 about producing/directing a project for High On Fire. We first met Skinner while working on Mastodon's "Asleep in the Deep" and developed a really amazing creative partnership that we wanted to continue. We knew we wanted to create something traditionally animated based on Skinner's conceptual designs but there wasn't a story yet. We also knew that the budget from the label wasn't going to line up with what we wanted to produce so we became EP's and funded a big part of the project. This put us in a unique position as far as creative control. It was a true collaboration between us, Skinner and High On Fire. 
What inspired your idea? 
Skinner had a simple story about Humans v Monsters on an alien planet l…

Director: Sam Pilling

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Director: Sam Pilling 

Artist: DJ Shadow ft 

Run the jewels Video: Nobody speak
www.sampilling.com


How were you approached for the job?
The track came direct from Mass Appeal Records, who contacted Pulse, and then Pulse sent it on to me. I was actually in Canada at the time, right in the middle of another project, location scouting in the wilds of the Yukon.
I had no time to think properly but immediately loved the track. Whilst we were scouting I listened to it on repeat and jotted down my initial ideas. One of which was this.
I quickly put it into a one-page treatment and we sent it over to the guys at Mass Appeal.
If I’m honest, despite Run The Jewel’s outwardly political standpoint, I thought they probably wouldn’t go for the concept but we quickly heard that Shadow and RTJ’s camps both loved the idea. Next was the tricky bit in working out how we were going to make it happen and do justice to the banging track.

What inspired your idea?
When I listened to the track I couldn’t help but th…