British Sea Power – Living is so Easy
I was invited to shoot with British Sea Power, an up and coming Indie Rock band. It sounded like a really interesting shoot, as the director was taking influence from footage from Henri-Georges Clouzot’s unfinished 1964 film L’Enfer, also known as Inferno.
We shot the video in a studio off Brick Lane (whee I had shot the Rimmel Commercial) and the stage consisted of a black backdrop, so quite simple. The band were styled in a surreal way, with blue lipstick, and I was given a 60s look with a sheen and glitter effect to my skin.
The concept was that I would do various actions that wouldn’t finish quite when the audience expected it to. So in one scene I was directed to pour champagne into a glass, whilst laughing, but instead of stopping when the liquid reached the top of the glass, I would continue to pour allowing it overflow and drench my hand! Whilst still laughing. These juxtapositions worked well on camera and gave a rather surreal and heightened state.
The director also asked members of the band to fall backwards onto a crash mat, which in post he reversed to create a rather cool effect! (You’ll get to see it in the video). It was a great day and the directors were really instructive and clear with what they wanted me to do. The band were all really lovely, and I got on really well with Abi Fry, the viola and keyboard player in the band.
I hope you enjoy the video as much as I enjoyed shooting it!