While I was in Cannes, I got to check out a group of very talented young directors that took part in a project called Straight 8. They made short movies using a single roll of super 8mm film, with absolutely no editing. Â There were about 12 films from around the world, and no-one had seen these films until on the night â€“ including the filmmakers themselves. There were some really fantastic and creative films, including one that featured a scene on a Cape Town beach with some Savannah ciders!
One guy in particular who struck my eye was Lee Hardcastle. With his thick Leeds accent, he was carrying around a suitcase with him the whole time. Of course, the journalist in me had to ask what was inside…
Yup – a spare pair of underpants.Â For the superhero in him perhaps…but when you meet Mr Hardcastle, it all makes sense. He’s a little wacky, a little too familar withÂ plasticineÂ blood for my liking, but his claymation is fantastic. His entry into Straight 8 was titled A Claymation Zombie, which is kind of Natural Born Killers meets those little cartoon plasticine kiddies shows we used to watch – although this is not for young eyes! You can see the video on his site, but he’s also done this music video too, which I just love!
It took 2336 photographs to create this Nightmare music video claymation, and it was made on a 60 Euro budget. Lee was influenced by the NES Game Sweet Home and The Evil Dead. Plus, one of the characters is played by (real ghostbustersâ€™) Egon Spengler!
The band is Love Automatic, and they happen to be playing in NYC soonÂ so I hope to check them out.
For some reason, this video made me think of Gregoire Pinard, the Joburg filmmaker who, a few years ago, created this video for Placebo’s English Summer Rain. It was sent to them, they liked it, and made it the official video. Enjoy!