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Posted by Eliza Williams, 26 November 2008, 12:49    Permalink    Comments (11)

Running With The Beast by zZz, by Roel Wouters

Here's a selection of some of the most interesting new videos that have passed through CR Towers of late. First up, Roel Wouters courts controversy in his latest video for zZz, for new track Running With The Beast. (Warning: some viewers may find this film upsetting.)

In a normal cock fight, the birds are equipped with sharpened barbs and spurs so that they cut each other: Wouters insists that that nothing similar was used in this case. "We are aware of the fact that some people will not like this work of art because of the way the cocks are used," he says in a statement. "We know that using animals for entertainment is heavily under discussion. Nevertheless we chose to make this video. With this video we do not want to stimulate or promote organized cockfights in any way. We did not hire, or consult anybody involved in organizing cockfights. We did not hire, or consult anybody who is a subcontractor for organized cockfights. No animals were injured, no blood was shed. The ink that is used is Ecoline, a waterbased ink, often used in pre-schools. Two professional animal handlers were on set all day. No artificial means to engage the cocks into fighting were used. No spurs or knives were used on the birds. After the shoot the cocks were cleaned and professionally checked for any injury.None were injured in any way."

Nevertheless, as commentators on YouTube have pointed out, it's still a morally questionable thing to do for a music video. This making of film provides some more background:

Unofficial film for Gong by Sigur Ros, directed by Eric Lerner

Next is this unofficial video/short film by Eric Lerner set to Sigur Ros track, Gong.

Youthless by Beck, directed by Kris Moyes

Beck gets the Kris Moyes treatment in this video for Youthless.

Stay the Same by Autokratz, directed by Laurie Thinot

Laurie Thinot has directed this charming animated vid for Stay the Same by Autokratz.

That Beep by Architecture in Helsinki, directed by Krozm

Krozm's new video for Architecture in Helsinki has a touch of New Order's True Faith about it, but we like it anyway.

Weird Fishes by Radiohead, directed by Tobias Stretch

Here is Tobias Stretch's finished video for Radiohead's Weird Fishes, which was one of the winners of the aniBoom Radiohead video competition early this year.

Cash In My Pocket by Mark Ronson featuring Wiley, directed by Kim Gehrig

Finally, here's Kim Gehrig's credit crunch-inspired new video for Mark Ronson's new track Cash In My Pocket (featuring Wiley).


A with animals getting hurt doesnt really appeal to me.
2008-11-26 13:45:13

Check out the grea Radiohead video for 'Weird Fishes' by the finalist from their animated video contest. Amazing...
2008-11-26 15:30:36

Um, Fab... I think you'll find that the Weird Fishes vid is in the piece above...
CR Eliza Williams
2008-11-26 15:51:32

Stay the Same is an amazing piece of animation/illustration, great way to show evolution/consumption and life, just wish they hadn't of put the two cheesey pop stars over the top half way through!

The Mark Ronson one reminds me of those Wedding day remakes of Perfect Day and Thriller:

Or a nice way to say Merry Christmas here from the people at Boxer:

Remake it here:
2008-11-26 15:53:56

I can do without the cockfight video. I don't doubt there is something challenging in this from a filmmaking perspective but sometimes it's the things we don't show that make for the most challenging art practice.
2008-11-27 04:26:19

I'm shocked at the cock-fighting video. You shouldn't condone this sort of activity, you're promoting a disgusting, barbaric form of torture.

It's not creative, it's sick.
2008-11-29 21:35:09

I am wondering in what way does the Krozm directed Architecture In Helsinki video resemble the 'True Faith' video? I just watched both and the only thing I could see that was similar is that they both have dancers in it. Could be possible that there actually isn't one simple reference for it.
2008-12-01 04:25:40

Does anyone remember the movie 'Return To OZ'. The many heads concept of the beck video distinctively reminds of the wicked which who has a different head depending on what mood she is in. They each have a name tag and sit on similar podium too. The animated stone head is actually a direct reference to this movie. You could even go as far to say that there is a scarecrow and tin man head version of beck. Anyway I like the video but it straight away made me think of 'Return to Oz' with a repeated effect from one of kris Moyes's other videos for The Presets 'Are you The One'.
2008-12-01 04:35:42

Yet another krozm classic! , where are those guys from?
2008-12-01 10:00:58

WHOOPSIE I very stoopidly posted a link to the Radiohead 'Weird Fishes' video, when clearly the good folk at CR had already posted said video above. I blame video games for my lack of immediate recall. Let me make amends with the ker-razy Flying Lotus video for 'Parisian Goldfish'.

If this too, has already been posted then my worst fears will have been confirmed, and I am indeed losing my mind!

- Fabbles
2008-12-01 12:22:24

chumdumpling, Krozm are from Melbourne Australia.
Sixteen Eyes
2009-01-26 00:56:40

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