Phil Cooper - London Camera Operator and Film Maker

C H R I S H O P E W E L L | Radiohead – Burn The Witch

New long-awaited Radiohead is finally with us, with single ‘Burn The Witch’ accompanied by a pretty intense music video. The stop-motion animation follows an inspection of a medieval town, followed by an all-out burning. The sweet, innocent-looking characters clearly have an evil side, which makes for the dark comedy!

T H A M E S T V | Database

This quite excellent video from 1984 has been unearthed by Thames TV, in which a user describes how to send an e-mail on her Micronet. Admittedly this is a bit of a departure from my usual stuff, but the retro / kitch feel to it makes it pretty irresistible. ENJOY!

B L A C K S H E E P S T U D I O S | The Last Shadow Puppets – Aviation

Brilliant, brilliant stuff from Black Sheep Studios and The Last Shadow Puppets. The scene sees a Kill-Bill style jilted wedding taking place on a deserted beach, with the wife due to be executed, if not for Miles & Alex. It stays true to TSLP’s vintage video feel, but with real cinematic qualities like long-shot takes […]

C A N A D A | Tame Impala – The Less I Know the Better

Wow. Directing collective CANADA have delivered us an absolute beauty of a promo here, for Kevin Parker’s Tame Impala. Staying true to the music’s psychedelic style, the video imagines a high school boys’ love interest being charmed away from him by an all-encompassing gorilla. Neon paint, choreography, animation & basketball – it’s got it all.

A L A N D E L R I O O R T I Z | Porches – Hour

Another nice little number here from Alan Del Rio Ortiz – the same director to do St. Vincent’s little doc for Nowness – this time with band Porches. Despite having no real narrative to follow, the film keeps you fixed with it’s abstract imagery, neon-coloured lighting and patches of 8mm film. Lovely.

H U C K | Family Business: The Secret Recipe of the Blue Plaques

Here’s a sweet little documentary about the quiet life of the couple behind London’s iconic blue plaques. These plaques identify the buildings which certain famous people lived or worked, and there’s only two people in the UK who make them – an elderly couple living down in rural Cornwall. Put together by Huck Magazine, it’s […]

H A N D S O M E F R A N K | A little film about… Joël Penkman

Illustration agency Handsome Frank are back with yet another charming little short, this time about artist Joël Penkman. Shot on film (or atleast convincingly graded to look like it), it’s presented in beautiful 4:3 format and given a charming vintage feel, and gives an insight into Joël’s work methods. Check out more from HF here.

M A T T H E W H E I N E M A N | Cartel Land

When I heard someone had finally made a documentary on the effective civil war going on in Mexico at the moment around drug trafficking, or narcotráfico, I was pretty excited. The filmmaker Matthew Heineman focuses the story on vigilante groups either side of the border, one fighting gangs on the front line in the state Michoacán, […]