From Fiona Apple"s <"Criminal">( ""Criminal"" ) to Tyler, the Creator"s <"Yonkers">( ""Yonkers"" ), excellent music videos are bursts of sound and vision that leave an indelible impression. Director"s Cut is a News feature in which we chat via music video directors about their developments. The guys and also women behind the camera are regularly overlooked in today"s YouTube era, but this attribute intends to highlight their tough work while showcasing the best videos currently linking about the internet. A little behind-the-scenes dirt couldn"t hurt, too.

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Tom Scharpling is a longtime fixture on New York"s comedy scene and the hold of the cult WFMU radio routine "The Best Show". Last year, he directed his initially video, for Ted Leo and also the Pharmacists" "Bottled in Cork", viciously parodying the idea of a punk-rock Broadmethod musical and also making heavy usage of a actors of comedy numbers. (Read our Director"s Cut intersee for that video right here.) And for his follow-up, Scharpling ups the ante also more, turning the New Pornographers" "Moves" into an extended trailer for the many cliche-heavy, debauched rock-star biopic imaginable.

The cast is absolutely packed via comedy names and indie actors, many kind of of them playing actual New Pornographers. Paul Rudd, Bill Hader, Ted Leo, Kevin Corrigan, Hoproportion Sanz, Julie Klausner, Wyatt Cenac, John Hodgguy, Todd Barry, John Oliver, Donald Glover, and also others present up, normally involved in some socially despicable action or other. At the facility of whatever is Superchunk/Mountain Goats drummer/Scharpling comedy companion Jon Wurster, that transforms in a manic, over-the-top performance as New Pornographers leader Carl Newman-- or some excess-addicted alternate-universe variation of Newman, at least.

We once aobtain talked to Scharpling-- that is presently planning even more videos through Titus Andronicus and also Superchunk-- about his New Pornos clip. Watch the video and also review the Q&A below:

The New Pornographers: "Moves" How did you gain every one of these actors and also comedians to be in the video?

Tom Scharpling: Well, as soon as the New Pornographers" monitoring asked me to carry out "Moves", they wanted to put the band also in the video. But they were on tour and also it just wasn"t viable for me to try to go to Iowa City and shoot them for 4 hours prior to they had a display that night. So I believed, "How deserve to we rotate them not being in it right into an asset? What if we did a movie trailer for a missing biopic and also got actors to play everybody?" So that"s what I pitched.

I just said: "I"m going to acquire names to be in this thing"-- hoping I might gain names in this point. It was a tiny little of a leap on my part-- and their part-- but I started beating the bushes, and civilization began coming on board. I was choose, "My God, I"m doing it." Just obtaining world prefer Hoproportion Sanz and Kevin Corrigan and Wyatt Cenac to offer me a couple of days was mind-boggling. The gamlittle bit payed off.

The goal was that, if you were to watch this biopic, it"d be the worst thing you"d ever before viewed. It"s a negative movie trailer. It"s sloppily made and also inspecific, and also the story does not track, and also the world largely do not look anything choose the civilization in the band also. I don"t recognize. I"d watch that movie if it existed.

TS: I would certainly watch it in a 2nd, as well. But it would certainly not be a good movie. It would be pure garbage, and you"d simply have actually fun laughing at it.

* In placing it together, did you have actually any kind of certain biopic inspirations?

TS: I"ve checked out so many kind of of those things, and also they tfinish to follow the same arc. Carl Newman was favor, "What if we just never before fail?" It was perfect. I composed it off of that premise-- instead of the usual second-act turn where every little thing goes south bereason they acquire decadent, they obtain rewarded for their decadence. A lot of times, that is exactly how it functions. Creeps obtain rewarded for being creepy. Do you ever wish the indie rock world was just a little more like what"s onscreen here?

TS: Well, in indie rock, there"s the phenomenon of: "Oh, this man appears totally normal, yet he"s actually crazy." There"s even more of that out tbelow than you"d think.

* Do you have actually a favorite performance in the video?

TS: Everyone was so good, but I would certainly like to single out the guy who plays Kurt in the video: Michael Lisk, who"s the associate producer of my radio display. He has zero acting experience and went toe-to-toe via Kevin Corrigan-- who"s a actual actor-- once he was sticking that gun in his face. When we were filming that, civilization might not watch it because it was so uncomfortable seeing just how crazy Mike was going.

You can not hear him, yet Kevin was saying, "Hey, what are you doing out here? Making popcorn?" I do not also know what that means, however it was among the funniest, craziest points I"ve ever heard. And Mike bites down on the gun and goes, "Oh yeah? Do it, motherfucker, do it!" He"s screaming at the height of his lungs through the gun in his clenched mouth via paint chips coming off the gun. Some civilization who were watching behind the video camera were favor, "That is the the majority of upestablishing point I"ve ever viewed in my life." The video has many excellent moments that make you desire to go back and watch it aobtain, choose all the different encounters that the civilization are making and also the names of the songs in the fake Billboard chart.

TS: I never before had actually even more fun than when I wrote those charts out. I got eincredibly joke from the radio show-- the worst band names that me and John Wurster ever came up with. Denim Clad Dad is a fake band name that Jon Wurster has actually had actually for as long as I"ve recognized him. That was a blast. All the stuff on peak of it, the facial reactions of everybody-- it was simply nuts exactly how a lot stuff we had to choose from. And because so a lot of it was swarm in slo-mo, you do not also obtain a opportunity to display that a lot. We shot for 4 days, and also there was so much remarkable stuff that will certainly live on my hard drive forever before. No one will get to check out it.

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* You"re not going to put deleted scenes digital or anypoint choose that?

TS: Maybe down the road. I think Horatio Sanz is just one of the funniest guys ever, and I"ve been friends via him for a long time. Half the moment, he was being that John Entwistle-style rock star that will not make eye call via a screaming fan who"s pounding on the glass of the van. Like he can not also be bothered to turn his head 2 inches and acexpertise their presence. The remainder of the time he was snorting coke, and also he was actually snorting that stuff! I think it was powdered sugar. There are most people in the video who are only in it for a swarm or two, favor Donald Glover and also John Oliver. Do you wish you can have danother through them?

TS: Well, I didn"t even recognize Donald Glover was going to be in it until we were shooting on day 3. Wyatt sassist, "Hey, just talked to Donald Glover and he wants to recognize if he can be in the video." Suddenly, a couple of hours later on, he"s tright here. Tright here was most that going on-- the majority of power was functioning in our favor. Someone told me that this is the biggest and last of the indie rock videos through cameos because everyone is going to autumn brief after this one. We"ve obtained Paul Rudd and Bill Hader, and also we burn with them in the initially 15 secs. Who are you going to put up?