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Cornishman helms Orbital’s new video

By LeeTrewhela  |  Posted: March 16, 2012

Ian Bucknole with the puppet

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A FILM-MAKER from Cornwall has made the new video for dance legends Orbital’s first single for eight years.

Ian Bucknole was commissioned to make the promo film for New France, a brooding, atmospheric track, featuring electronic musician Zola Jesus.

The brilliant, heart-tugging video follows a lion-like creature rebelling against his little owner and escaping for a night on the town in Truro with his mates (one of whom is Cornish actor Dan Harvey).

But is freedom all it’s cracked up to be?

The impressive Jim Henson-style puppet was created in just a few days by another talented Cornish film-maker, Hana Backland.

Ian, who comes from St Agnes, attended Truro College and film school in London, said: “It was quite a daunting task but very exciting. One of their videos, The Box, which starred Tilda Swinton, was a big influence on me, so I felt a bit intimidated.

“As soon as I heard the music though I could visualise it on film.

“Orbital have been really supportive and just let me get on with it. Though they did say, ‘don’t make it look like Flat Eric’.”

Ian is already making a name for himself in the music video world – his bittersweet film for Ruarri Joseph’s Severed Dreams, featuring the singer and his childhood robot friend, won best short at last year’s Cornwall Film Festival.

As a result, Ruarri’s management company asked him to make a video for another of their artists, John Smith. The superb one-take video featuring Smith as a baleful magician was another hit.

Mondo Management – which happens to be run by another Cornishman, Chris Norton – then commissioned Ian to make the Orbital film.

Ian added: “I like to think of my videos as handmade blockbusters stuck together with tape. There are no computer effects, everything is done by hand.

“There are enough talented people in Cornwall to make the films looks spectacular.”

He mentions the new Doghouse film production space at Discovery Quay, Falmouth – a sustainable and profitable enterprise for film in Cornwall – and his director of photography Joseph Henderson as just two of those pushing film forward in the county.

Ian, who has just made a striking video for Rosie Vanier’s new single Neon Nightmare, said: “I like to see this as the first chapter for me. There is renewed energy in the film world down here – I would like to see us all come together to form a Cornish film collective, so we can pitch together as one to record and film companies.

“Recent films like Weekend Retreat and Happy Christmas show that we have the whole package of talent in Cornwall.”

The duo’s comeback album Wonky is released on April 1.

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