Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Auteur Theory

Richard Ayoade

Most commonly known for being an actor in The Mighty Boosh and The IT Crowd, his roles are always of a humorous kind mainly playing as the clueless intellectual- below are images of Ayoade in his role as Moss in The IT Crowd (Left) and Saboo in The Mighty Boosh (Right). 

However he has ventured into the music industry with some notable work with bands such as Arctic Monkeys, Vampire Weekend, Kasabian, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and The Last Shadow Puppets. The videos I will be comparing are "Crying Lightning" by Arctic Monkeys and "Vlad The Impaler" by Kasabian.

Richard Ayoade has used many of the same ideas in both of these two videos as well as all of the others he has directed. Firstly the use of dark colours and lighting in the background suit the beat and genre of the music videos in question. He also includes somewhat surreal actions and moments, a storyline that is far fetched but makes sense when synchronized with the audio of the bands.

He has also matched the beat of the song to the visuals. Especially in Vlad the Impaler where the march of the antagonist is precisely on time with the music.   

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