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director
Andy Roberts


producer
Demi Jones for Believe Productions


genre
Studio performance


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On a barely cleared soundstage, a four-piece Simple Minds (Jim, Charlie, Mel and 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.


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Home single Black And White EPK Black And White 050505 CD


the kids said:
"Dark isn’t it?"


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Silhouette of Jim

Then fast zoom Eddie

Cut to pan across group

Add a slide projector to try and increase the light

Cut to Mel. For a nanosecond.

Cut to Charlie. For a nonsecond.

Pull back from band. Turn on floodlights. Blind viewer.