On The Cusp, Longlist - Music Video

Memorial, A Hero's Death

Jake Dypka

Agile Films

When Agile sent me the amazing cover Memorial had done of Fontaines DC A Hero’s Death I was very taken by the music. I wanted to do something for them but I also knew I would have to relinquish my usual directorial desires of control and come up with something that was achievable. It was important to me that it wasn’t only achievable but also a joy to make. In many respects this brought a kind of freedom to the idea. I have long since had a strange addiction to visiting the old seaside resorts of the English coastline and I felt like something in that space might work for the mood of the music if I could find a way to approach it. I took what control I could and left the rest to chance. Which as it happens was a lot. I had a plan but nothing was guaranteed without the willingness of strangers. As it happens people were extremely willing to participate. I only got two No's across the whole shoot and my faith has been firmly restored in humanity."

From humble beginnings editing martial arts DVDs, Jake Dypka has become one of the most exciting names in modern filmmaking. With a passion for both documentary and drama, his work shows smart comic timing, a genuine sense of emotion, and remarkable storytelling ability.