Interview: the Disconnected video directors

11 Oct 2012

In the week of the Disconnected single release, we dropped the video's directors - J A Bayona and Sergio G Sanchez - a line to find out a bit more about the video.

Q. Hi guys. How did you get involved with the Disconnected video?
A. Through our friend Alexandra Rossi, who knows Adam, the band's manager. She introduced us after a show during the Perfect Symmetry tour. And when the new album came out they thought of us to shoot a music video. The day the phone rang felt like Christmas morning.

Q. Were you fans of Keane already?
A Diehard fans. Yes. Definitely.

Q. What was your original concept / plot idea for the video?
A. The lyrics were full of imagery that suggested a horror story. Something's crept in under our door... Silence soaking through the floor... You're boarding up the windows now. We thought it would be interesting to follow that line and develop a full-on horror plot that would work as a contrast to the melancholy tone of the song.

Q. How closely did you try to tie the plot to the lyrics of the song?
A. Only as a foundation for something the audience could build upon. The idea was to create a plot that could be interpreted in many ways. Not a closed narrative, but something ambiguous. Fans are going to watch the video again and again just to listen to the song, so we thought it would be interesting if each viewing could be interpreted in a different way. When two people become disconnected, who is haunting who?

Q. How did you find the location for the video?
A. The house is Capellades, about an hour from Barcelona. And there are no ghosts in it. Actually, the people who live there are very much alive and couldn't be friendlier. Jorge Llama, the line producer for Canada, the production company, found it. They had shot another music video there, Invisible Light, for Scissor Sisters. We went scouting there and we fell in love with it immediately. It was perfect, and we thought we could make it look entirely different. Maria, the owner was a great sport and allowed us to do everything we wanted, even flooding up the bathroom, which almost made floor collapse... It was a tense moment!

Q. Did the shoot go well?
A. It was a blast. Everyone involved gave their best and we had lots of fun shooting. It was like a bunch of kids playing and enjoying it immensely.

Q. What did you think of Tom's acting abilities?
A. He was so kind! He made it perfectly clear that he was not an actor and didn't really enjoy "acting" in his music videos, but he went for it anyway. The atmosphere couldn't be more relaxed and he quickly felt at ease with the little challenges we threw at him. And we abused him quite a bit. Especially while we were shooting with the dead leaves flying around, they kept getting in his eyes and he swallowed a few. Poor guy! It was very funny when Bayona asked him to make a Norman Bates face for the end shot. He's such a sweet, good natured guy. But he managed to show a hint of a dark side there, even without the red eyes!

Q. Are you happy with how the video turned out?
A. We love it, and we loved making it together and getting to know the band. It's a memory we'll treasure forever.

Q. Have you kept an eye on the fans' response to it on YouTube etc?
A. Yes, some of them thought the horror movie approach was a bit of an odd choice, but the response has been positive. So we're pleased. Hopefully we'll shoot another music video for them sometime.

Q. Presumably you were pleased with the Q Award nomination for Best Video?
A. You bet! For us making the video felt like an award already, but the nomination was wonderful. It's great to feel that your work is being appreciated by other Keane fans.

Q. Finally, what will you be working on next?
A. THE IMPOSSIBLE, which Juan Antonio directed and Sergio wrote, will be out in cinemas soon. Right now we're promoting the film. After that Bayona will make his new movie and Sergio is going to direct his own film as well, but hopefully there'll be new opportunities to work together sometime soon.

Keane Disconnected - Making Of

Production: Canada
Director: Sergio Sanchez / J A Bayona
Camera Making Of: Cenzo A de Haro
editing/post: Pablo de Felippo


Comments (17)

Felicidades por la iniciativa, talento y sobre todo por el cariño que le pusieron a este video, es buenisimo. Me alegra saber que ustedes son los ganadores en los Q awards, job well done.

Posted by -eve- at 7:08pm, 23 Oct 2012

These guys rule!! Beautiful video, very creepy, I mean ;) Fantastic work! I'm anxious, only a few days away to see Keane in Barcelona, I'm sooooooooooooo happy!! :D

Posted by Just_Elisabeth at 9:23pm, 21 Oct 2012

Desde Francia enhorabuena a todo el équipo cinematogràfico ! Sinceramente

Posted by athallie at 12:01am, 16 Oct 2012

Me gusta. =)

Posted by -eve- at 3:58am, 14 Oct 2012

SALUT LES AMIIS°°° LES FIMLS D'HORREUR je n'aime pas (je suis une flipette )))) mais DISCONNECTED c'est pas pareille !!!je regarde cette vidéo avec un grand plaisir et puis il y a il ya de quoi etre rassurer avec TOMY qui chante!!! cette vidéo est juste FANTASTIQUE comme vous******** à quand la prochaine ???????? *****avec tout Amour GROS BISOUS A TOUS

Posted by choupette94 at 7:58am, 13 Oct 2012

SALUTLES AMIIS°°° LES FIMLS D'HORREUR je n'aime pas (je suis une flipette ))))mais DISCONNECTED c'est pas pareille !!!je regarde cette vidéo avec un grand plaisir !peu etre 'est ce !! parce que TOMY chante !!!!!!!! cette vidéo est juste FANTASTIQUE comme vous******** à quand la prochaine ???????? *****avec tout Amour GROS BISOUS A TOUS

Posted by choupette94 at 9:15pm, 12 Oct 2012

J.A. Bayona director de Barcelona. Esta película la han estrenado ayer dia 11 de octubre. Le dan buena propaganda y la presentan como de gran nivel tècnico y se centra en la relación sentimental de la gente que sufre el sunami y como luchan para sobrevivir. La iré a ver porqué un trabajo cinematográfico hecho con esfuerzo e interés vale la pena. Gracias Bayona. Desde Catalunya que ve que tenim un director català.

Posted by OXFORDD at 8:27pm, 12 Oct 2012

Q & A yang bagus. :)

Posted by DAHVALMA at 11:07am, 12 Oct 2012

I won tickets to the disconnected Q&A I wanted to ask questions but was too star struck and so was everybody else becos hardly anyone asked questions! At one point Tom was sitting in the row in front of me and Tim and Richard standing one seat away from me! And i bumped into Tom on my way out what good description of him - sweet and good natured. Richard and Tim were lovely too! Is there video of this event anywhere? Cant wait to see the Impossible as the Orphanage was a brilliant and beautifully filmed story.

Posted by Annette M at 10:05am, 12 Oct 2012

Questa intervista ai direttori del video è stata davvero interessante e ho gradito moltissimo anche il video del dietro le quinte, è bellissimo vedere come viene realizzato il video e mi piace osservare i Keane così intenti ed entusiasmati nel loro lavoro, complimenti a voi cara band e ai produttori del video, avete fatto un buon lavoro , anche molto originale, bravi! By Sabrina from Catania, Sicily!

Posted by Sabrina v. at 9:29am, 12 Oct 2012

I'm not that into horror movies but Thriller & Disconnected definitely changed my mind. Beijos, Regina.

Posted by Regina Brz at 4:58am, 12 Oct 2012

What? Wait a minute, I thought Tom loved acting...? ;)

Posted by KeaneKW at 2:09am, 12 Oct 2012

I believe I now know what the guys mean by Tom "managed to show a hint of a dark side there, even without the red eyes" after working with Keane on their latest Sovereign Light Cafe video in Bexhill back in April. That wonderful memory has left me with loats to remember and think about. But Tim, Rich and Jesse as well as Adam are also all lovely fellas. Tim even sat down and had his lunch with me after I told him earlier in the day that I was a huge fan and how much of an honour it was working with my favourite band after seeing them live across two continets! :) one of the best days of my life, as you can imagine.... Even though SLC was shot in one of the boys' most loved places in Bexhill-On-Sea I think working on the Disconnected video would have been even more special and exciting! :D x

Posted by wazza at 12:15am, 12 Oct 2012

increible ,que gran produccion qe lindo ,son unos artistas los directores ,lo maximo, yo ya vote ojala que ganen ,se lo merecen! :)

Posted by afri at 11:13pm, 11 Oct 2012

Hasta ahora uno de los videos mas destacados de kEANE, una propuesta diferente. Felicitaciones al director del video, además Tom Chaplin; hizo de actor en algunas escenas estuvo bien. :) i love you KEANE !

Posted by xienna castilla at 10:33pm, 11 Oct 2012

"Made it perfectly clear that he was not an actor and didn't really enjoy "acting" in his music videos, but he went for it anyway.">>> Hum...Tom chaplin is a man of many talents! Kisses from Brazil :*

Posted by pri_loves_keane at 7:37pm, 11 Oct 2012

Great bit of behind-the-scenes....always nice to know the inner workings.....Thanks so much for sharing with us all!...Sherry W., Michigan, USA. @sambawoman

Posted by Sherry W. at 6:37pm, 11 Oct 2012

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