Paul D is an award winning music video director and photographer based out of London that I had a pleasure to interview earlier this week. Paul recently won Gold trophies at the the W3 Awards and the Davey Awards for an hysterical video he directed for Thomas’ Dolby’s ‘The Toadlicker’ single.
Can you give me a brief run down on your history in the field of entertainment?
You name it, I’ve done it.
How did you get started producing music videos?
I found a band I liked and made them an offer they couldn’t refuse.
I see that you were nominated for two Webby Awards congratulations. I wanted to know is there a difference in producing and editing a video for the web versus television?
Thanks! The ‘Toadlickers’ video I that I directed & produced for Thomas Dolby was indeed shortlisted for 2 Webby Awards…against Arcade Fire & The Johnny Cash Project…no prizes for guessing who won. However it did go on to win a W3 Award, a Davey Award and a Communicator Award.
Anyway, to answer your question, five years ago, massive constraints around bandwidth, necessitated differences between web and TV production. However, now that we live in an allegedly golden era, in which it’s possible to stream HD to your toaster in less time than it takes to tweet ‘Why is my toast burning?’, any such differences have effectively evaporated.
What is the most exciting part of what you do?
Getting to collaborate with people whose work I admire, such as Thomas Dolby and Mike Quinn, who did the puppetry on ‘Toadlickers’ and who previously worked on 4 ‘Star Wars’ films, several Muppet Movies, ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’, etc. The day after he finished work on The Toadlickers, he got on a plane to LA to start work on the new Muppet Movie.
What are some of the projects that you have worked on that you are most proud of?
The project of which I am currently most proud is ‘The Toadlickers’, which reached #18 in YouTube’s ‘Most Viewed’ chart, was shown on The BBC and achieved things with the Canon 5D Mark II that the ‘experts’ say are technically impossible.
Why do you think London has become the hub of music innovation?
Has it? The hub? I’m not sure I accept the premise of that question. Both the computer and computer programming were invented in The UK, so we certainly have form, but it seems to me that in the digital music space, there’s innovation going on all over the world.
What advice would you give an up and coming music video director?