Interview with Tim Pope

popeTim Pope interview in the Wall Street Journal!

I last worked with the Cure in 1997. I’ll tell you how long ago it was: Guy Ritchie was my runner. Three times a day people will still say to me: “Did you do the wardrobe video?” Yes, I did do the wardrobe video [“Close to Me”]; yes, I did work with the Cure; yes, I did 34, 37 videos—I’m not sure. Anyway, it was nice this project came up.

South America: eight gigs in front of 80,000 people, working with local crews. It was kind of—being dramatic about it—like “Aguirre, Wrath of God” going off in my raft…just didn’t know what was going to happen. Dropped in at the deep end with my oldest buddies in the business.

There’s something really nice about working with people you’ve known a long time. Neil [Young] was the first person to ever fly me over to the States. I flew over [in ’83, for “Wonderin’ “] and then he drove me around L.A., and I thought that’s what happened to everyone. To be frank with you, at that point, I didn’t know who Neil Young was. Subsequently, in the period when I wasn’t working with him, I thought, “Oh no, this guy is rather good.”

READ THE REST HERE > > > 20 Odd Questions for Video Director Tim Pope – WSJ.com.

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