Innovative Icelandic phenomenon Sigur Rós brings a provocative concept to the making of music videos. The band's new album, Valtari, features the work of over 12 filmmakers and artists, each with an original concept and style, named "The Valtari Mystery Film Experiment". Starring Shia LaBeouf, and directed by Alma Har'el, VFX by The Mill L.A.
Close collaboration between director and The Mill turned an overwhelming 80 shots into a magic sequence of wind, water and electricity. "Alma [Har'el] didn't want the effects to overpower the performers, but rather enhance the mood of the film," share The Mill 2D Lead Artists Sarah Eim & Tara Demarco. "It was refreshing to work on such a beautiful art project."
Har'el and The Mill take the viewer on an unforgettable journey scored by haunting Sigur Rós melodies. It is the short story of a man and a woman locked in a never ending cycle of addiction and desire slowly losing their ability to separate themselves from each other.
Other artists and directors in the experiment include: Nick Abrahams, Arni & Kinski, Ramin Bahrani, Melika Bass, Inga & Lilja Birgisdottir, Sarah Hopper, Clare Langan, Henry Jun Wah Lee, Ryan McGinley, John Cameron Mitchell and Dash Shaw.
For his brand new comedy-meets-music-video series on Sky Atlantic HD "Adam Buxton's BUG", Adam talks about the art of making videos and shows a few of his favourites along with the You Tube commentary that we have all grown to love at his live BUG shows at the BFI on London's Southbank.
Adam chose to collaborate with a handful of his favourite directors to create a series of special videos for the series. Animation super-siblings the Layzell Bros transformed him into a 2-dimensional vagrant for their psychedelic interpretation of Tiny Tim's impossibly cheerful 1968 version of 'Livin' in the Sunlight, Lovin' in the Moonlight', a song originally featured in a 1930 Maurice Chevalier film 'The Big Pond'.
The Layzells teamed with illustrator Jim Stoten to take us on a surreal romp through a richly textured cartoon world dreamed up by a hallucinating out-of-work animator (played by Mr Buxton himself).