As we reported a few months ago
, Mark Romanek is being featured in a DVD collection of music video directors, called Directors Label
. It's still coming out September 13th, so keep an eye out if you're interested.
To celebrate that release, here's an interview with Mr. Romanek (warning, possibly not safe for work)
. It's pretty extensive, and covers many aspects of his career, including the Closer
video. Here's a quote from the interview:
Daniel Robert Epstein: I have some specific questions about the Nine Inch Nails Closer video. I heard it was shot on some really old film, is that true?
Mark Romanek: We did use a slightly out of date film stock but it was still a contemporary film stock. They had stopped making it three years before and we found some of it. All the new color film stocks have this T-Grain, like little Ts that are interlocking. The film stock we used had the original old granular grain. The new stocks are just really modern looking, really sharp, really contrasty, very fine grain. We didn't want that.
More info on Closer, Hurt, and other aspects of Romanek's career are at the link!