Title of film: Calving
Director: Louis Bhose
Production Company: Agile Films
Director Louis Bhose is renowned for bringing out the warmth and humor of the artists he collaborates with in music videos. Yet, his first written and directed short film, "Calving," presents a horrific, claustrophobic, and utterly gripping tale set in rural Ireland. It revolves around a strange calf being born that won’t stop screaming. The vet is called, but not for the reasons you might expect.
Now that the film has completed its festival circuit, where it garnered numerous awards, including the Prix Canal+ at Clermont-Ferrand, "Calving" is having its online release today. We caught up with Louis to delve into his process of bringing his ideas into focus and exploring the thin line between horror and humor.
A daydream, a voice inside your head narrating life as if it were a story, halting and expanding a moment that would otherwise go unnoticed… Director Ben Miethke captures the surreal moments and inner thoughts of New York and Berlin characters in his captivating minute-long films.
Title of film: Supermodel, Push
Director: Joe Connor & Emile Rafael (aka Supermodel)
Production Company: Rogue, Agile, Closer, Arts & Sciences
Emile Rafael and Joe Connor are both artists, musicians and established filmmakers in their own right, each with their own distinctive style. Although they will be continuing with their independent directing careers, they have created Supermodel together as a music project and released three singles over the past six months - Push, Have You Forgot and Bowery. We talk with the two renaissance men about collaborating artistically and making their first Supermodel music video for their track Push.
Title of film: Master Peace (feat. Georgia) I Might Be Fake
Director: Freddie Cattaneo
When a director and a music artist strike up a long-running collaboration, it’s a dead cert that great things await. In their most recent video, London-born director Freddie Cattaneo takes Master Peace on a trip to the bookies at the greyhound races, with all of the ups and downs of emotions that comes with. 1.4 talks to Freddie about his interest in the pillars of British working-class culture, directing supporting artists, and filmmaking on the fly on the streets of Brussels.
Title of film: I Don't Know Where To Start
Director: Sharif Abdel Mawla
Production Company: Partizan
The deepest, darket recesses of the human mind have fascinated us throughout history, and Dutch-Egyptian filmmaker Sharif Abdel Mawla has teamed up with Sevdaliza to bring us a short music film that gives us a haunting insight into living with hallucinations. He chats with 1.4 about growing up in Amsterdam, the importance of trust in creative collaborations and the decision process behind that giant prosthetic umbilical cord.
Title of film: Sean Leon, Gravity
Director: Jorden Lee
Production Company: Pique
Director Jorden Lee has a tapestry of cultural influences behind him, growing up in a small town outside of Toronto with Chinese and Jamaican family ties. The result is a clear creative voice in his filmmaking, where his cinematography alone speaks volumes - something which no doubt emerges from his background in stills photography. 1.4 chats to Jorden about coordinating complex set pieces for “Gravity”, his approach to shot-listing, and how a childhood friendship developed into a professional creative partnership.
Title of film: COLMILLO - Tainy, J Balvin, Young Miko, Jowell & Randy
Director: Pau Carreté
Production Company: CANADA / WeOwnTheCity
In his new music video project, CANADA director Pau Carreté has all engines firing as he takes us on a vast visual journey through subway rides, adult graphic content, and the initial attraction of two street cats. With his skilful combination of a variety of filmic styles into a cohesive narrative, the project is a fabulously overstimulating treat for all the senses. Pau tells 1.4 about the editing process, the advantages of pen and paper, and his earliest memories of using a camera to do his homework.
Title of film: Liceu - Four Tragedies in an Act
For centuries, opera has been the meeting point of creative disciplines, bringing together the most heightened forms of storytelling, music, art and costume design. It seems only natural, then, for Barcelona’s Liceu Theatre to turn to the truly multidisciplinary OMOTESANDO to direct their campaigns. With experience across fashion design, sculpture, photography and filmmaking, Berta-Blanca T. Ivanow and Max Larruy make a formidable creative pair. 1.4 finds out about how they capitalise on their individual strengths and the integral part that music plays in the development of each of their projects.
Title of film: JXMESC, Sleep
Director: Tansy Taylor. Co-dir: Jade Marie Mason
Production Company: House on Fire Productions
Working in-house at Rattling Stick and directing her own shoestring-budget projects on the side at 22 years old, Tansy Taylor must be one of the freshest faces in the industry, but don’t let that fool you - she’s made over 30 music videos and spends her day job learning alongside some of the biggest commercial directors in the business. She tells 1.4 about swapping the legal life for a rollercoaster career in creativity.
Title of film: Miu Miu Presents Women's Tales #26, Stane
Director: Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović
Production Company: Hi Production, Eclectica
The illusory concept of female power within a patriarchal system, domestic violence, infidelity, immigrant culture, coming of age… director Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović isn’t one to shy away from difficult topics. Instead, these themes become the basis of beautifully observed, filmic portraits of women, in all their angst-ridden, conflicted, paralysed glory. Fiercely committed to portraying truths, she lets her characters lead the way – and the resulting films, be they features or fashion shorts, create a sense of something close to magic. Just don’t call her a feminist filmmaker.
For partners in life and art, King She, style and substance is the key to making watchable films that also move the dial. Drawing on their backgrounds in anthropology and journalism, the Somesuch directing duo shine a light on authentic human stories and the human condition - with all its innate pain, injustices and underrepresentation - with flair and confidence. Two examples? Their debut film, Rare: The Boy Who Cried Swag, which looks at systemic racism through the lens of fashion; swathing a serious message in stylish layers, dripping with bling. And their latest music video, Tanto, articulates the journey of Cuban-American singer Cassie Marin who lives with an autoimmune disorder that impairs her body's ability to eliminate toxins. And now with three award-winning commercials for Apple Music and eBay already under their belt, King She’s reign looks to be long and fruitful
Title of film: Sam Akpro, Death By Entertainment
Director: Pedro Takahashi
With familial ties to Spain and Japan, a London upbringing and a love of punk and techno, director Pedro Takahashi has a wider array of influences than most. He’s made a name for himself taking artists with buckets of stage presence and creating music videos that impress not only in their dynamic energy but also in their slick editing and ambitious cinematography. Fresh from his new project with Sam Akpro, the director tells us about learning from experienced directors, the challenges of perfectly replicating a 360-degree camera move, and finding inspiration in the dichotomies of the modern world.
Title of film: EE, Freedom
Director: Elliott Power
Production Company: Art Practice / Love Song
For most of us, there’s no magic to be found in routine, normality and the day-to-day realities of life; but director Elliott Power has a delightfully different perspective – one that’s dedicated to elevating the everyday. A modern multi-hyphenate creative, he’s exchanged the tools of music and song for film and a camera, embracing a high/low aesthetic with a self-proclaimed naivety for how things should be done – all of which adds up to a fresh and original vision. From documenting emerging skate culture in Ghana to capturing the mood of modern British teens, he tells 1.4 how inspiration finds him – not the other way round
Title of film: MIKA, Apocalypse Calypso
Director: Chris Turner (Favourite Colour: Black)
Production Company: Octopus Inc
Combine a studio full of the weird and wonderful artwork of Studio Job with the shining beacon of performance fashion that is MIKA, and you’re bound to have something fabulous - and this is exactly what we find in the new music video from director Chris Turner, AKA Favourite Colour: Black. A playful approach to scale and a vibrant colour palette work together to give the perfect “kid in a candy store” feeling to the new track. 1.4 catches up with the director about collaborating on production design, the challenges of a one-day shoot, and the sculpture he would have liked to have nabbed
Title of film: Chemical Brothers: Skipping Like A Stone ft. Beck
Production Company: CANADA
We’ve all stood at the shoreline and idly skipped a stone – getting in one, maybe two hops across the surface before the rock sinks like a… well, you get the picture. But what if it had carried on? Where would it ultimately end up? In a new video for the Chemical Brothers, CANADA director Pensacola takes this intriguing idea and runs with it – following a humble stone skipped by world champion Kurt Steiner as it takes on a life (and conscience) of its own, embarking on an incredible inter-dimensional journey in a quest to do good. Seamlessly fusing eye-popping VFX with masterful camerawork, it’s the sort of offbeat, high-energy filmic yarn that we’ve come to expect from a director who’s played Honey I Shrunk The Kids at a kebab stall and taken Eric Cantona on an epic journey through the history of the beautiful game. He talks to 1.4 about the power resetting-properties of music videos - and why he’ll never look at a stone in the same way
Title of film: Mgzavrebi, Waltz (short film)
Director: Lado Kvataniya
Production Company: Stereotactic, Daddy's Film
From glamorous, all-guns-blazing gore-fests, to animated political polemics, director Lado Kvataniya’s genius lies in his ability to move effortlessly between different genres and themes – responding to the different realities he encounters through films that shock, move and make us question the status quo. His latest work, a poetic rumination on family, love and loss, has taken him in yet another new direction – back into his own history and Georgian roots. He tells 1.4's Selena Schleh about preserving the values of his homeland and why following a familiar path isn’t for him
Title of film: Chelsea FC, Third Kit Launch
Director: The Berry Boys
Directing duo Ryan Burnham and Luke Robson are the wizards of the CGI world, conjuring up wild graphics and spinning quirky ideas into punchy viral commercials and sketches. Fresh from signing with AOI.Pro Global in Japan, 1.4 catches up with The Berry Boys about growing up together as 90s kids, working with Chelsea FC for their latest spot, and the relief of truly being able to “do it in post”.
Title of film: Jesse, Rainbow
Director: Ramez Silyan
Production Company: HPLA
Skilled across various formats with a particular love for shooting on film, Los-Angeles-based director Ramez Silyan has demonstrated a knack for music videos with a dark yet absurdist streak. 1.4 catches up with the director about an obsession with Kafka, the importance of practical effects, and the joy of shooting in Scotland.
Title of film: Paris Texas, Bullet Man
Production Company: Love Song
Creative duo Aus and Marleaux, a.k.a. ILLIMITÉWORLD, confidently deconstruct the boundaries between disciplines and art forms to forge a style uniquely their own. Inspired equally by music, fashion, photography, filmmaking (the list is virtually endless), ILLIMITÉWORLD has grown bigger than the duo alone to encompass a collective that spans Los Angeles, Baltimore and Paris - an unusual cultural trifecta that infuses their output with an almost indefinable, yet coherent, tonality. With a raft of promos to their name, an ongoing collaboration with musicians Paris Texas, and commercial work for the likes of Adidas, Meta and Google, their star is definitely ascending.
Stephen Whelan had the pleasure of delving into the minds of Aus and Marleaux to get a flavour of their world.