November 26 | Exclusive | from duranasty.com’s London correspondent | Today november 26, only 18 days before the launch of All You Need Is Now digital single on iTunes, the guys are in a secret location in London shooting the video for the first single off their upcoming album. Nick Egan is in charge to direct the video with the help of Poya Pictures, a Los Angeles & Chicago based film/video production company specializing in music videos, commercials and feature films.

Duranegan History | Nick Egan is a British born director working since 1976 in the industry of art, design and film for music, as well as the advertising business. This includes album designs, art direction with photographers, music videos since the 1980s, TV commercials, and web design. In the 1970s Nick was well known as a record sleeve designer connected with the Punk Rock Movement, designing sleeves for The Clash and, Bow Wow Wow and later for Dexy's Midnight Runners. He established a long lasting working relationship with Malcolm McClaren, manager of the Sex Pistols and Vivienne Westwood. He worked on McClaren's Duck Rock and Fans album, with art direction for Westwood's early fashion shows in London and Paris.

Duran Duran credits
• The Wedding Album - Artwork by / Art Direction - Duran Duran and Nick Egan
• "Come Undone" - Artwork by / Art Direction - Duran Duran and Nick Egan
• "Ordinary World" - Video Director - Nick Egan
• "Perfect Day" (video)
• "White Lines" (video)

Ordinary World is one of my favourite Duran tracks, the video is one of their best, very vibrant and stylish. It was directed by Egan and edited by Don Wilson of Varital Video, Los Angeles. I guess this is the right moment to share this is very cool document from my archive about Egan shooting that video and to learn something more about his modus operandi.

Nick Egan and Don Wilson had worked as e team on over 10 clips over the years, including “Hooligan's Holiday" for Motley Crue, “I Believe" for Bon Jovi and music videos for Cheap Trick and Sonic Youth.

Don Wilson said back in 2003: "It seems that a lot of the projects we've been doing lately are with bands that are making comebacks, and that was the case here. Nick wanted to shoot a video that would make the band happen again, and we had a decent budget and a lot of creative leeway to do something different. "ln fact, we decided to shoot two separate videos that could stand on their own and then combine them," explains Wilson.“So Nick shot a very simple performance clip with a handheld light against a white cyc which we edited on video. and then transferred the D2 master to film. Everyone was so pleased with the results that they wanted to just go ahead and air this footage without completing the rest ot the video." But the team persuaded the band and label to continue and the second part of the shoot was completed at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California, where the initial footage was projected on widescreens as a backdrop. 'The hardest part of the whole edit was deciding what material not to use," recalls Wilson. who always perfoms both the offline and online on his projects. “So, on the first cut we did, Nick and I agreed that we'd stick everything into the mix and work backwards from there. Than we gradually took alot of the cuts outand held on to some of the shots in a more theatrical way. Because of the projection footage. there seem to be more cuts than there actually are, but there's not a lot of foreground cutting - probably only about 120 edits in the whole piece.”

In the picture Nick Egan, Ronah Elliot Catherine Roylance [Owner of Genesis Publications - Publishing industry and designer], John Taylor. The pic was taken on October 8th 2009 at Taschen in Beverly Hills.

As reported on December 17, 2009, John is working on a extra duran project with Nick Egan, "it's like a book project", says John, "we've been thinking about, it's kinda about Nick Egan's work, it's about really the twilight of the album cover years, it's really about the death of the album cover".

I've always been a huge fan of Egan's work, he's a 360° visual artist and I just loved what he did with Duran's image over the years, both graphically and in video. I particulary enjoyed the totally new visual identity of the band that he created around the release of the Wedding Album [Ordinary World video, the album cover, the press adverts, the tourbook and all the merchandise including the cool t-shirts: just terrific and very fresh at the time]. So it was a real pleasure to drop him a line and ask some more info about the project. Nick was very nice to return a quick but informative email: below is what he said back then about the project: "It's a book, written by John, about my artwork starting with The Clash and Ramones and including Bow Wow Wow, Dexy's Midnight Runners, Malcolm McLaren, Bob Dylan, INXS, Iggy Pop, Oasis and of course Duran Duran. John is a terrific writer!

 

 


More news about the upcoming Uk promotion from my London correspondent who just spoke to the guys. The band should be doing the following TV Shows [no dates yet but watch thi space].

Loose Women - ITV

A British lunchtime television programme, it consists of a panel of four women who interview celebrities and discuss topical issues, ranging from daily politics and current affairs, to celebrity gossip and sexism
Weekdays 12.30-1.30pm website

This Morning - ITV

This Morning is a British daytime television programme created by Granada Television and broadcast on ITV. It features celebrity guests, entertainment, advice on health and well-being, competitions, cookery and more.
Daytime show website

Something For The Weekend - BBC Two


A television series. It features cookery, drinks, interviews with celebrity guests and clips from the week's television, as well as classic clips in the 'Deja View' section.
Sunday mornings website


Above pictures taken during the "All You Need Is Now" photo shoot

According to my source the band will be doing also something for:

Sky News

BBC Breakfast - BBC

Is the morning television news programme simulcast on BBC One and the BBC News channel. It is presented live from BBC Television Centre in White City, West London, and contains a mixture of news, sport, weather, business and feature items. The programme is broadcast seven days a week, every week of the year, including weekends and public holidays, which are presented from the BBC News channel set.
website


They might be doing also:

The Graham Norton Show - BBC One

A comedy chat show that is broadcast on BBC One in the United Kingdom.
website

 

 

More News

Yesterday Simon and Nick performed 'Record Collection' with Mark Ronson at the exclusive premiere of 'Epic', a short film produced by Ridley Scott Associates, sound-tracked by Mark Ronson.

The exclusive film premiere and Mark Ronson gig took place at Abbey Road Studios on 25th November 2010 [these two pics were taken at the event, the main live picture above was taken in Moscow, may 2010]. Some hours before the show Simon said via twitter: “I'm in a bit of a tiz. I'm going to appear with Mark Ronson at Abbey Rd this evening singing "record collection" HOW EXCITING!”
"Oh I nearly forgot; Nick will be paying keys - in the piano sense, i.e. not jangling us his best impression of a Newgate gaoler. whooosh s"

Mark said yesterday via twitter: "Just announced. There will be some special sh** going on at this gig 16 Feb 2011 - Roundhouse Main Space London" [editor note: Duran Duran maybe?]

Simon is reported as saying Simon "I'm keeping the beard as it made me feel like a naughty pirate!"

 

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