July 07, 2015
We like to look in all areas for inspiration when combing for new talent or new entertainment ideas and one such place to look at is music videos, which often throw up imaginative approaches to using entertainment in a confined area. Admittedly, it’s also rather fun to sit back and watch a music video or two and with that in mind, we present five brilliant music videos that highlight the impressive use of dance, circus skills, puppetry and even the life of a living statue. Sit back and enjoy.
Sigur Ros - Circe
We start with one example that merges the divide between music video and film, with the project apparently focusing on archival footage of circus acts being set to music. Of course, this is all merely conjecture as Circe was only announced yesterday and the film itself hasn’t yet premiered. Still, it’s always nice to take a step back into the past and hearing new music from Sigur Ros is always exciting.
Pharrell Williams – Gust of Wind
Making use of a number of different disciplines including silks, costume and a variation of our ribbon dancers, Pharrell’s music video takes us into the forest where for some reason never fully explained, two enormous Daft Punk heads hover in amongst the trees. Directed by Edgar Wright (he of Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead fame), it’s a good example of what can be achieved in a picturesque outdoor setting.
Fatboy Slim – Weapon of Choice
We in the office are big fans of dance and like everyone the world over, we are also big fans of the legend that is Christopher Walken. When you combine the two, as Fatboy Slim did in his music video from 2000 (was it really that long?), you get something rather magical. Break, eject, eject, eject....
Outfit – I Want What’s Best
Outfit are an up-and-coming band from Liverpool who have just released their well-received second album. But why we are interested in them is because of their use of a living statue in their music video from 2013. Essentially a short documentary, it provides an insight into the world of working in such an environment and is quietly effective in its portrayal of life on the streets.
Coldplay – Life in Technicolor ii
Occasionally, we get asked to provide puppetry for events as seen here on our Facebook nd Instagram pages. Punch and Judy is still a tremendously popular act to entertain children but when Coldplay do it, you can rest assured it’ll be that little bit different. With pyrotechnics, loud music and a suitably shellshocked crowd, one could argue it’s a glimpse at many wonderful Sternberg Clarke events. Thankfully, it’s also a cracking music video—Look out for the hilarious man recording the performance on his camcorder.
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By Henry Fosdike