Joy Division - Disorder

THE BRIEF: A promotion package for the release of an album, to include a music promo video, together with two of the following options:
1. a cover for its release as part of a digipak (CD/DVD package);
2. a magazine advertisement for the digipak (CD/DVD package).

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Director - Jonny Hughes (JH)
Cinematographer - Callum Moreman (CM)
Director of Photography/Cast Member - Joel Colborne (JC)

Monday, 24 January 2011

Casting & Costume

From Day 1, Our group always wanted to stick to a single character, this was simply down to two different reasons.
  1. Due to the nature of our idea (refer to brainstorming posts for more on this) the idea suits one character to empathize this idea of loneliness and confinement. 
  2. Because from issues that arose in the AS course year we relieased its tricky to relay on multiply actors.
We were lucky because one of the members in the group fancied himself as a actor and in the past had been in acting groups as well as acted on children's daytime TV program My Parents Are Aliens.

The Character we wanted

Even though we didn't want the character to be "Ian Curtis" (the lead singer of Joy Division for those who haven't payed attention throughout the blog) we wanted to base the character of his style and on him.

Ian "Played by Sam Riley"

Ian Curtis

We wanted the actor to fit a few characteristics,

  1. Have black hair
  2. Be comfortable with smoking
  3. Be quite pale though this wouldn't made much difference once a black and white filter was put on.
  4. Quite thin and "Scrawny"

Luckily for us Joel fit the part and without hesitation we picked him to play the part (as he was part of the group he did get a opinion on the matter and he picked himself)


Costume wise we were not planning on anything elaborate.  Like with the casting we simply wanted the character to be based on Ian Curtis slightly. This means a grey overcoat, plain trousers and ideally some smart shoes.

We managed to find a grey overcoat which we borrowed for the duration of the filming, the coat looks similar to the one seen on Ian Curtis on the book cover for Deborah Curtis's "Touching from the distance"

The coat is vital to the characters image so we spent all our time collecting this.
Our actor Joel had a pair of black canvas pumps as well as indigo skinny jeans which he wore to each shoot.
         In one shoot he wore a pair of Nike high tops due to the damp and cold weather in the woods we filmed in and canvas pumps are not good to wear in wet weather so we decided it was no use having a ill actor. Luckily for us the shoes are not as noticeable in the rough cuts.

The casted actor in his costume
(ignore the snorri cam, that isn't part of his costume)


  1. "Quite thin and "Scrawny" ...Luckily for us Joel fit the part"


  2. when scolding errant readers get your spelling right ... "payed" attention?!

  3. oh...and the bottom link isn't made into a link

  4. even tho tackled elsewhere, it'd be logical + useful to provide a pic of your cast member here!