Nangs by Tame Impala - a Stock Footage Nightmare

Just for fun I made this music video for Tame Impala's wonderfully atmospheric track 'Nangs'. I had been working with some pretty horrifying corporate stock footage and felt that if I didn't make something original with it then these strange dancing office workers would take my soul with them. One adobe exorcism session later I shared it on Facebook. It's 3 days on and the bloody thing has been shared and seen over 22,000 times.

Been getting some pretty wonderful press for it to, with Gizmodo & Pedestrian.tv calling it genius-

 
 
Utterly bereft of any original footage (hell, even tangentially related footage... or an official co-sign from the band itself), filmmaker / night-terror progenitor Ben Aston has nevertheless crafted a full-body fever dream from free stock footage to accompany the band’s hazy Nangs.

The result is disconcerting. That ever-present hovering watermark stands between you and this happy chappy, crushing the warm bond he’s trying so hard to form with you through ya screen.

You’re there, but you’re not; it’s familiar, but so, so foreign. It’s Aunty Donna’s 1999 meets Being John Malkovich. It’s vaporwave meets Dilbert, meets clawing existential dread.

All in all I like to think it proves one thing: never stop trying to make your friends laugh

Skin wins Award for Best of 2015 at Short of the Week

Holy moly! Just under a year ago we premiered He Took His Skin Off For Me over with our friends at Short of the Week,...

Posted by He Took His Skin Off For Me on Monday, 14 December 2015

INCREDIBLE fan-made posters for 'He Took His Skin Off For Me'

UNBELIEVABLE. Check out these incredible poster designs for He Took His Skin Off For Me, made by a seriously talented...

Posted by Ben Aston on Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Russian Roulette wins Jury Prize at Brno 16! And we were there!

Amazing! Just Won the Jury Prize for our flick Russian Roulette - Short Film 2014 at the incredibly wonderful Brno16...

Posted by Ben Aston on Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Huh. I'm a Screen International 'Star of Tomorrow'

Aw. Honoured and delighted to say that I'm one of Screen International's 'Stars of Tomorrow' alongside some ridiculously...

Posted by Ben Aston on Monday, 5 October 2015

Unbelievable. 'He Took His Skin Off For Me' inspired fashion line.

AMAZING. Seems He Took His Skin Off For Me now inspiring fashion!! MADNESS. Thanks Saponchet :) http://frontr.co/1GAs7dJ

Posted by He Took His Skin Off For Me on Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Special Mention for Russian Roulette in Golden Anteaters

Aw yay! Russian Roulette - Short Film 2014 was named as runner up in the 'masters of genre' award from the Złote Mró...

Posted by Ben Aston on Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Teachin' the kids

Here's me teaching a community college class at Sierra College in Nevada City USA. Gotta say, more macs and far less Chang then I was lead to expect...

Posted by Ben Aston on Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Conde Naste buys Russian Roulette

What in the WHAT? What is happening? We're headed to the New Yorker, yo - DEADLINE - http://deadline.com/2015/01/conde-nast-acquires-sundance-short-films-1201360931/ - INDIEWIRE -

Posted by Ben Aston on Tuesday, 27 January 2015

1 Million views for Skin

Seeing this story get so far out there is overwhelming. High five everyone!!!

Posted by Ben Aston on Sunday, 25 January 2015

So the Telegraph decided we'd be good journalists. Unusual Decision.

"To say we're winging it is an insult to wings..." Insanity with Ryan Bennett and Oli Fenton. WHAT IS HAPPENING.

Posted by Ben Aston on Friday, 23 January 2015

#Fundance Kids

#Fundance

Posted by Ben Aston on Friday, 23 January 2015