Ladytron - Ghosts (DIRECTOR’S CUT)
"I personally dig this one. This is my original DIRECTOR’S CUT of the video, which is radically different from the one Ladytron put out. Structure, visual effects, edits. Gone were my camera stabilizations, my psychotronic split screens, freeze frames, dirt marks, my flash edit progressions…for something more…conventional. Pretty much a completely different vision. Happens. Was pretty much a bummer for me since I really liked this edit and video. Also, they and the label put in $10,000 total while I personally put in $70,000. So there’s that.
I paid $70,000 extra to shoot this on 35mm film and move the respective crew out in the desert to support that camera. I didn’t shoot 16mm because I wanted the wider gate aperture, allowing wider lenses to fall off depth of field quicker. It was an indie video but I ripped through film like a stripper through cocaine. I think this was a turning point for me where I actively looked forward for the film age to quickly die. If I had done this today, it would have easily been done on a 5D and a whole lot less money. As far as I’m concerned, any tool that gets filmmakers closer to making decisions based on art and not finance is the only way to go.” — Joseph Kahn