The day kicked off with the now traditional ‘Late Breakfast’ slot in which a leading director shares some of the secrets behind their filmmaking process. This year, award-winning director, Ninian Doff, was in conversation with Promo News’ David Knight.
The keynote address was delivered by Worldwide Production Agency’s UK MD, Barnaby Laws, who set out some of the challenges facing music video professionals but also affirmed that music videos have a vital role in the filmmaking business creatively and economically, and are an essential platform for learning, exploring and refining filmmaking skills.
The Producers’ Panel, chaired by Promo News’ Luke Bather, saw 5 producers discussing the key issues and challenges facing them and their directors. Shabana Mansuri, Sasha Nathwani, Liz Kessler, Katie Lambert and Drew O’Neill all offered insights into their roles, the difficulties they face and potential solutions for overcoming them.
DoPs Patrick Meller, James Blann and Catherine Goldschmidt joined Phil Tidy in a session looking at the role of the cinematographer in music videos.
Catherine Goldschmidt also announced the launch of Illuminatrix, a collective of female DoPs who have created a platform by which to support and promote women in the field of cinematography.
To kick off the afternoon, LBB Online’s Laura Swinton treated us to an in-depth look at the making of Dom & Nic’s video for The Chemical Brothers’ ‘Wide Open’, assisted by their producer John Madsen, and The Mill’s ECD, Neil Davies.
Radar Music Videos’ very own Caroline Bottomley led the discussion on the Content Panel, following a presentation of the latest research on the Youtube economy from MIDiA’s Tim Mulligan. They were joined by AEI Media’s Craig Haynes, filmmaker Amelia Dimoldenberg and Universal Island’s Johnny Brocklehurst.
Artists Speech Debelle and Connie Constance shared a laugh during their panel looking at the relationship artists have with their music video output, led by Creative Review’s Eliza Williams.
The final session of the day – the Creativity Panel, led by Wanda’s Chris Abitbol – saw the panel discussing the challenges posed to music video creativity, from budget restrictions and lack of diversity to the damage canned videos is doing to directors’ careers. Directors Eoin Glaister and Ian Pons Jewell, joined Sony Music’s Laura Clayton, Partizan’s Claire Stubbs, and Polydor’s Hanan Cher to talk about their experiences. They were also joined by Promo News’ David Knight and Cut + Run’s James Rose to talk about the pressures on post production houses who support music video creativity.
Thanks to our sponsors Procam and giffgaff for helping to make the day possible, and to Estrella Damm for providing the post-event drinks in the BFI’s Blue Room.