Category: Music Video

Arctic Monkeys – ‘4 Out of 5’

An Arctic Monkeys promo I worked on at Time Based Arts. I don’t know what it means.

Production Company: Friend
Producer: Robert Leonard
Production Manager: James Greenall
Executive Producer: Luke Tierney
Director: Ben Chappell & Aaron Brown
DoP: Stuart Bentley
Editor: Matt Cronin

Post Production Company: Time Based Arts
VFX: Leo Weston
Colour Grade: Simone Grattarola
Producer: Sean Ewins

Ed Scissortongue - 'Theremin'

This is the video for the title track of Ed Scissortongue’s ‘Theremin’ E.P. I shot Mr Scissortongue on green screen with a Canon 7D. This was then given a blue and yellow grade to match the E.P. artwork. The background animations were created in a variety of ways. Some were hand drawn frame by frame. Others (like the crucifixes that turn into B52 bombers) were animated at 12fps out of simple 3D geometries and then a pencil effect applied in Flame. Others are simple 2D animations done in Flame. Film dirt, negative and scratchy textures were then added on top.

Post Production Company: Rushes
Director, Camera, Editor, Animator, Compositor: Leo Weston

Foxes - 'Holding onto Heaven'

Foxes turns the world upside-down with some help from a Milo Motion control rig, lots of maths and a load of Flame time. I previssed these VFX shots in Flame first alongside director Henry Schofield to work out what was possible on the Milo. We then matched the moves on set. The same scene was shot twice on set with green screen from head height upwards. The moves were then flipped on the rig and shot again on the same floor. We flipped one of them upside-down again in Flame and joined the 2 plates together. Then smoothed over the joins and removed the tracks for the rig. I think the 4 effects shots work really well. This video is of the Director’s edit.

Production Company: Cavia
Director: Henry Scolfield
Post Production Company: Rushes
VFX Supervisor: Leo Weston
VFX: Leo Weston & Johnny Hicks
Colourist: Simone Grattarola
Motion Control: The VFX Company

Breach - 'Everything You Never Had'

This was all shot in a black studio on motion control with only 2 dancers. We combined the moco passes. Some keying, rotoscoping. Then tracking in a halo on the angel. It was loads of work and for a very small budget but I wanted to take it on cause I liked the track.

Production Company: Riff Raff
Director: The Sacred Egg
Post Production Company: Rushes
VFX: Leo Weston

Kings of Leon - 'Supersoaker'

Music video for the debut single from the album ‘Mechanical Bull’. Each shot was rotoscoped and multiple treatments and grades were applied to individual elements in each composite to create a scrapbook type feel.

Production Company: Academy
Director: WIZ
Post Production Company: Rushes
VFX: Leo Weston & Matt Jackson
Colourist: Simone Grattarola

W.I.C - 'Nowhere Flag'

One of a handful of videos I directed for this band. This was shot with no budget at all across a number of weekends in central London. Of course, London is never empty so I did a lot of painting out of people, taxis and buses. I turned off the screens in Piccadilly Circus and all street lamps and shop window lighting, tracked in a load of demolition tape and then comped the explosions from the news footage of the US “shock & awe” bombing of Baghdad onto the view of London from Parliament hill (And knocked over the Shard – which had been completed that week). I also replaced all of the skies with moody clouds to hide the fact that the weather was different every day that we shot.

Director: Leo Weston
Camera: Alex Pyper
Editor: Leo Weston
Post Production Company: Rushes
VFX: Leo Weston
Colourist: Jack Mcginity

Biffy Clyro - 'Many of Horror'

The facial effects in this music video were created through a combination of warping frame cut plates and light effects. Great track.

Director: Andy Morahan
Production Company: Bikini
Post Production Company: Rushes
VFX: Leo Weston , Matt Jackson, Rufus Blackwell

W.I.C - '100 Years'

One of several videos we made for the band Whales in Cubicles. This one features the band performing with TVs for heads.

Directors: Leo Weston & Matt Jackson
Post Production Company: Rushes
Editor: Matt Jackson
VFX: Leo Weston & Matt Jackson

Annie Lennox - 'Shining Light'

Annie Lennox x 5 performs a cover of Ash’s hit ‘Shining Light’. We keyed and rotoscoped the various motion control plates together and added lens flares, glows and other coloured lighting effects.

Director: Phil Griffin
Post Production Company: Rushes
VFX: Leo Weston

Kings of Leon - 'Notion'

Kings of Leon play in an exploding building, Weirdly this is the single AFTER “Sex on Fire”. Directed by Phil Griffin. All of these effects shots were filmed on green screen. A back plate of a wall falling down in stages was also shot separately, along with some rubble and falling brick plates. No fire, flames, embers or explosions were filmed on set. We added all of that in Flame. In fact, I even shot some of the exploding coal elements you see hitting the floor in the wides in my back garden after a barbeque.

Director: Phil Griffin
Post Production Company: Rushes
VFX: Leo Weston , Adam Watson, Matt Jackson