Rock band video puts town on world map

PUBLISHED: 11:00 03 August 2015

A still from the video for Elbow's Lost Worker Bee, filmed in Exmouth's Willow Avenue.

A still from the video for Elbow's Lost Worker Bee, filmed in Exmouth's Willow Avenue.

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Exmouth has burst onto the international music scene, after starring in the latest video by one of the UK's biggest rock bands.

Director John Panton gives actors instructions during the filming of Elbow's Lost Worker Bee video in the Exe Estuary.Director John Panton gives actors instructions during the filming of Elbow's Lost Worker Bee video in the Exe Estuary.

Elbow, who have previously won a Brit Award and the Mercury Music Prize, and written the BBC theme for the 2012 Olympics, approached Exmouth artist Moose Allain for the video for their new song, Lost Worker Bee, after admiring his short stories and work with filmmaker John Panton.

With Moose creating the story, and John writing the script and directing, the video features locations including Woodbury Common, the Exe Estuary, Willow Avenue and Brixington Park, as the video’s protagonist embarks on a journey featuring several encounters with dancing strangers.

John, a teacher at Exmouth Community College, enlisted plenty of help from the college to make the video, including ex-students Will Shutt as line producer and Dale Pendlebury as a camera operator, current students Georgie Kidd as clapper loader and Jonah Holden as camera assistant, and teachers Tom Stanier as camera operator, Alasdair McCombe as an extra and photographer and Hannah Thomas as an extra.

John, 39, has made several short films with Moose in the Meat Bingo project, and worked with TV actors such as Charlie Higson and Rebecca Front, but making a video for Elbow and the band’s record label Universal was still a major step up.

He said: “It was exceedingly intense, but really, really exciting. It was my first time working with a budget, but an amazing learning curve.

“We had to be really professional all the way through as we were being monitored by Universal. Fortunately, the band themselves really liked the rough cut.

“Fascinating, exhausting, but certainly one of the best experiences of my film-making career to date.”

Moose, 52, came up with the concept based on his own experiences walking his dogs around the area.

He said: “I quite like walking and thinking – it’s a very creative thing to do, walking up on the common with the dogs.

“I had this concept of somebody just walking out of the wilderness into the town and the city. As I was walking around, I just thought ‘This would be a great place to shoot it’, and what’s lovely is it ended up being exactly those places.

“We’ve had fantastic responses to it – I think it’s gone down very well.”

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