In the beginning, movies were about actions such as a train entering a station, an old man drinking a beer, Annie Oakley hitting targets, and a sneeze captured by Thomas Edison in 1894. Since those early days, many other elements have been added to the mix including close-ups, music, dialogue, and visual effects. But French filmmaker Léo Ginailhac reminds us—in his wild and surreal music video “Fireballs en Champagne”—astonishing actions are at the heart of this medium.
Winner of the Best Music Video award at this year’s Smart Philm Festival and 2nd Prize at the iPhone Film Festival “Fireballs en Champagne” gives us more than two dozen actions in about three minutes–everything from a fire-breathing circus performer to doctors conducting an operation to musicians playing underwater.
The film features the band of a French medical college playing their version of MGMT’s hit song “Kids.” While the plot may not make perfect sense, the video—shot entirely on an iPhone 6+— captures the song’s spirit. And what else could you ask from a music video?