Coldplay’s Life in Technicolour

Life in Technicolour by Coldplay, directed by Dougal Wilson, production company: Colonel Blimp
Dougal Wilson’s video for Coldplay’s new single, Life in Technicolour, sees the band reinvented as puppets, who provide a musical interlude to a Punch and Judy show at a local village fête.


Life in Technicolour by Coldplay, directed by Dougal Wilson, production company: Colonel Blimp

Dougal Wilson’s video for Coldplay’s new single, Life in Technicolour, sees the band reinvented as puppets, who provide a musical interlude to a Punch and Judy show at a local village fête.

The video sees the Punch and Judy theatre slowly transformed (with some help from a suitably ‘tached puppet roadie) into a stage fit for a rock band, including lights and piles of miniature amps. “Coldplay were on their big tour so they couldn’t really be in the video,” says Wilson. “They suggested they could be puppets instead. There’s been a few videos with puppets so I tried to think of a puppet genre which hadn’t really been used yet. I remembered Punch and Judy. I thought it would be interesting to attempt to recreate the spectacle of a stadium gig with everything shrunk to this size.”

Sketches from Wilson’s treatment for the video are shown below.

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