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ÉCU - The European Independent Film Festival is dedicated to the discovery and advancement of the very best independent films from around the world. We are a festival who believes in our independent filmmakers and their artistic talents. ÉCU proudly provides a unique platform that brings together diverse audiences who are hungry for something other than major studio productions and original and innovative filmmakers. 

 
The 16th edition of ÉCU - The European Independent Film Festival will take place on 9th-11th April 2021. Now open for submissions!

 

 

 

For more details regarding the festival, please visit our website at www.ecufilmfestival.com

 

 


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OK Go - Needing Getting Music Video

OK Go- Needing Getting

Over five years after OK Go became a YouTube sensation with the video
for ‘Here it Goes Again’ (more commonly known as the ‘treadmill
video’), the LA-based four piece are back with their unique brand of
freewheeling eccentricity – only this time on a much larger scale.

‘Needing Getting’ is like the older, more ambitious brother of ‘Here
It Goes Again’. It hits you in the face with its half-car, half-robot
contraption which softly tinkles out the opening bars of the song and
then proceeds to skid through the dramatic desert setting, smashing out
chords on over 200 guitars. The shots of the car from the outside
contrast with several close ups of the band from a camera mounted on the
dashboard to prove that, yes, they really are singing along as they
drive and, yes, that is singer Damian at the wheel – he took stunt
driving lessons in the run up to filming so there was no need for
doubles.

The video took four months of planning and four days of shooting to
complete. There were over 1000 instruments and a meticulously planned
map to indicate which part of the track corresponded to which section of
the song. As the video plays out you cannot help but marvel at how it
was put together and nobody can deny that it is a magnificent feat of
engineering. However, so taken aback by the beautiful miracle of it all,
you forget that what you are watching is part innovative music video
part slick commercial move on the part of Chevrolet – the sponsors of
the project.

Chevrolet aided with the production of the video and the musical car
which Damian drives is a Chevy Sonic. Was Chevy’s involvement in this
project founded in a desire to nourish creativity and create something
beautiful out there in the desert or was it just the ultimate product
placement? When you consider that the video has been cut to a shorter
version to be used in a Chevy advert which aired for the first time
during the Super Bowl when most of America are glued to their screens it
seems more likely to be the latter. After all, OK Go are renowned for
‘that treadmill video’ which went immediately viral and had some of the
highest YouTube viewing figures of all time: advertising gold dust for
any company. You can’t help but wonder if some poor treadmill
manufacturer missed a trick!

Whether this video is more about the car or the band is up for debate
but what is certain is that visual media plays a major role in modern
society and maybe it does not really matter that everything is getting
mixed up. This video with its rough rally-driver style, its original
idea and its naturalistic desert setting all thrown together into one
3minute 54second explosion is great fun to watch for anyone.

Check out the crazy, awesome video at Youtube, Vimeo or other websites and get inspired!

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About ÉCU-The European Independent Film Festival

Hillier Scott
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Scott Hillier, Founder and President of ÉCU - The European Independent Film Festival
 
Scott Hillier is a director, cinematographer, and screenwriter, based in Paris, France. In the last 20 years, Hillier has gained international recognition from his strong and incredible cinematography, editing, writing, producing and directing portfolio in both the television and film industries.  
 
Scott began his career in the television industry in Australia. In 1988, he moved to London getting a job with the BBC who then set him to Baghdad. This opportunity led him to 10 years of traveling around world for the BBC, mainly in war zones like Somalia, Bosnia, Tchetcheynia, Kashmir, and Lebanon. After a near fatal encounter with a Russian bomber in Tchechnyia, Hillier gave up his war coverage and began in a new direction. 
 

He moved to New York City in 1998.  He directed and photographed eight one-hour documentaries for National Geographic and The Discovery Channel. Based on his war knowledge and experience, Hillier wrote and directed a short film titled, “Behind the Eyes of War!" The film was awarded “Best Short Dramatic Film” at the New York Independent Film and TV Festival in 1999. From that he served as Supervising Producer and Director for the critically acclaimed CBS 42 part reality series, "The Bravest” in 2002 and wrote and directed a stage play called, "Deadman’s Mai l," which ran at Le Théâtre du Moulin de la Galette in Paris during the summer of 2004. He then became the Director of Photography on a documentary titled, “Twin Towers." This was yet another life changing experience for Hillier. The riveting documentary won an Academy Award for "Best Documentary Short Subject" in 2003. In 2004, Hillier changed continents again, spending three months in Ethiopia. He produced “Worlds Apart,” a pilot for ABC America / True Entertainment / Endemol. As you can see, Hillier was and is always in constant movement and enjoys working in a number of diverse creative areas including documentaries, music videos, commercials, feature and short films.

 
Scott studied film at New York University and The London Film and Television School. He also studied literary non-fiction writing at Columbia University. Hillier's regular clients include the BBC, Microsoft, ABC, PBS and National Geographic. Between filming assignments, he used to teach film, a Masters Degree course in Screenwriting at the Eicar International Film School in Paris, France and journalism at the Formation des Journalistes Français in Paris, France. 
 

 


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