From: The Independent Magazine

Title: The evidence - The music-video director's desk

Interview by Aoife O'Riordain - Photography by Claudia Janke

Chris Cunningham is a director at Ridley Scott Associates Films. His work includes music videos for artists such as Madonna, Bjork, Aphex Twin and Portishead .

"The stills (1) are from a Portishead video. We use them to work out what effects we need during editing. I took these photographs (2) while I was in New York looking for locations for a Leftfield promo. I'm a big Star Wars fan, hence the picture of Darth Vader (3). I found the aeroplane parts (4) in a skip when I worked for Stanley Kubrick. I know it looks a bit sad photographing them, but I used the pictures later for an album cover. My assistant Holly (5) stuck these pictures of herself up on my wall in the hope of appearing in this photograph - quite a cunning plan. I listen to music while I'm working (6), a lot of Chopin and Debussy. Someone broke the award (7) I won for a video, it's been stuck back together at least twice. The new album cover for Aphex Twin (8) is a photograph I took in LA of girls with silicone implants sunbathing. I superimposed the bands' faces on the bodies. The masks (9) were used in the video. You have to show your ideas in storyboard form to the record company -this is one for Bjork (10). The book, How to Massage your Dog (11), was a present from Madonna. I don't own one, but I'm thinking about it. Maybe she can see into the future."

Associated Web Links

Pictures of Robots used in Chris Cunningham's Bjork video "All is Full of Love"

Realvideo of Bjork video "All is Full of Love"

Website on Chris Cunningham