If you're going to trudge into the jungle and challenge some of the most iconic film motifs ever, there's probably not a better choice than the Motion Theory creative team, which has previously tackled the high seas, candyland and way more over the course of many music videos.
Directors Grady Hall and Mark Kudsi — two independent directors at Motion Theory who collaborated on this project — took Katy Perry's "Roar" as a call to empowerment, leading the pop star on a journey from damsel in distress to queen of the jungle.
We recently chatted with the directors about everything from how.PETA recently hijacked a press cycle by questioning the treatment of the many animals in the video, and the general usage of animals in film production — claims which were rebutted by Katy in a statement and further countered in our interview — plus film inspirations, art directing nature and the truth about Junglescope.
The easy description is "Katy Perry as Queen of the Jungle," but that doesn't really capture how massive this production is. Elephants, monkeys, tigers, oh my. A lush tropical practical set — complete with waterfall — and just enough vfx magic to make things sparkle. And then there's Katy, who's got solid comedic timing and looks to remind you of Bettie Page in her jungle finest.
Plus, it was filmed in Junglescope, which I wouldn't be surprised to learn is an actual registered trademark and product from the geniuses at Motion Theory.
Not a surprise that the new David Bowie video "The Next Day" has stirred up controversy. We have Bowie as a prophet, Gary Oldman as a Bad Priest and Marion Cotillard as a blood-spurting Mary Magdalene.
But, kudos to the Catholic League President Bill Donohue for rebutting the video with something even more offensive. I bolded the best bits. See below.
Talk about a tough gig. David Bowie is the prophet providing some rock 'n' roll at an underground religious shindig for those who like to mix a lot of sin with their salvation. Guest stars include Gary Olman as an ass-kicking and ass-appreciating priest, and seductress Marion Cotillard, who brings the festivities to an unlikely hault when she gets unexpectedly hit with a case of Stigmata.
The siren song of rock 'n' roll comes calling again for David Bowie, tempting him from his "nice life" with his lovely wife into something filled with more madness and more sex. Can he resist? Well, we already know the answer to that, but director Floria Sigismondi brings the mixed emotions to the surface in this slightly NSFW video starring Bowie alongside Tilda Swinton as his wife.
Over the course of her career, P!nk has transformed from the swaggering personification of hip-hop grrl power into a torn-hearted diva with an exclamation point in the middle of her name and a fondness for getting airborne.