Demi Jones for Believe Productions
On a barely cleared soundstage, a four-piece Simple Minds
Eddie) pounded and postured through
Home. Lit by three 60W bulbs, one of which was broken, meant that
proceedings were a little dark.
The pans, tilts, zooms and other dynamic posturing of the cameras lead one to no doubt that if a band member
strayed from his mark, then there was every chance of being rendered unconscious from a flying piece of
hardware. It also ensured that no member of the band was ever really captured statically in frame.
So the poor lighting and rapidly moving cameras added up to a performance which was difficult to discern.
Mid way though, the situation was reversed. With the addition of floodlights behind the stage, the contrast
was pushed up to its maximum, rendering everyone as fast moving silhouettes. Hardly had retinas adopted
to the new harsh light conditions, and the proliferation of lens flare, than the whole video was over, and you
were left wondering what you’d just seen.
the kids said:
"Dark isn’t it?"
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