Xavierpop Does #WSFF12 – Xavierpop Breaks Down the Popular ‘Scene Not Herd’ Programme

This marks the WSFF‘s 9th edition of the popular Scene Not Herd program showcasing world-class and cutting edge music videos of the last year or so. This year’s crop of vids are about as good as ever, IMHO.


Gotye (feat. Kimbra) kick things off with the visually delightful two-shot in Somebody That I Used To Know (4 min), a song most folks are familiar with from the over 100+ million viewed video by Canada’s own Walk Off the Earth. I love this original version just as much.

Stellan Skarsgard (Melancholia) stars in Lykke Li‘s Sadness Is a Blessing (7 min) in a wonderful dogme-style short before the young Swedish songstress dances away her sorrows in the middle of a restaurant.

M. Ward is the revelation in the pack with his First Time I Ran Away (3 min), a Nick Drake-like production of restless guitar picking with a lush arrangement of brushes on drums and bouncy bass-line with character, the impressionistic animated video tells of a youngster going out to venture on his own. Beautiful song.

Annie Clarke is the front woman in St.Vincent, and their new single Cruel (3 min) is a delightful 80′s-infused pop melody with a terrifically surreal and derivative video accompanying it.

Fryngies (4 min) plays like a suspense-thriller involving a young woman and the smoke-filled box behind the wall of her new apartment in this electro-pop song from Karin Park of Denmark.

Woodkid‘s Iron (4 min) is a lush, black and white experience with tribal drummers, rich horns, and amazing imagery involving the funeral of a boy overseen by a priest. Hypnotic.

M.I.A.‘s latest single Bad Girls doesn’t have the same catch as Paper Planes, but her tough-as-nails street attitude is all over this video.

Rihanna (feat. Calvin Harris) stars in the free-spirted comeback hit We Found Love that forces us to contemplate the diva as a troubled figure who can’t seem to avoid messiness when it comes to matters of the heart.

Jake Gyllenhaal stars as a sociopath and a killer in perhaps the best single performance from any male actor in any short this week in The Shoes’ Time To Dance (9 min), a UK band with an electro-punkie-industrial-dancy feel that will remind you of 90′s Bowie in this stylish, urgent, haunting vid.

Innovative escalator sequence with a man who just can’t get himself out of a fix where he’s falling down the up elevator in My Machines (4 min) from U.S. rock band the Battles, feat. Gary Numan on electric guitar.

Canada’s own synth-pop group Grimes is filmed at a dirt bike rally in Oblivion (4 min), a hypnotic song.

Walk Off the Earth continues their success at cover songs with the legendary Little Boxes (2 min), in this clever and innovative effort.

Legacy (4 min) comes from Danish indie-rock group Alcoholic Faith Mission in a video that contemplates funeral customs and an unfortunately cute little mouse that meets its maker.

The set concludes with the animated epic The Shrine/An Argument (8 min) from indie-folk geniuses the Fleet Foxes, from Seattle. A great song made even greater with this achingly good video that follows an elk on a mysterious journey of its own evolution. Wonderful drawings here in deep hues of brown, orange and red and then finally in the blue of the sea. Terrific.

- Moviejay


Check out our coverage of the WorldWide Short Film Festival:

Xavierpop Reviews The ‘Short Dramatic Films” Programme
MovieJay Really Enjoys The ‘Celebrity Shorts’ Programme
Douglas Breaks Down The ‘X-Ray Spex’ Programme
MovieJay Reviews The ‘Stranger In A Strange Land’ Programme
Now Onto The ‘Homeland Security’ Programme
Xavierpop Takes On The ‘Someone To Watch Over Me’ Programme
MovieJay Reviews The “All Tomorrow’s Parties” Programme
Douglas Godhino Reviews The ‘Superfans’ Programme
Xavierpop Takes on The “Creative Control” Programme
MovieJay Reviews the “War, What Is It Good For?” Programme
MovieJay Reviews ‘The Family Compact” Programme
Next Up A Look At the ‘Iron Ladies’ Programme
Xavierpop Covers ‘The Love Hurts’ Official Selection
A Break-Down The ‘Who’s Your Dada?’ Programme
MovieJay Reviews The Opening Night Gala: Winners From Around the World
The @xvrpop Ultimate Worldwide Short Film Fest Preview
The CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival’s Screenplay $50,000 Giveaway is Back!