Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Beatles: Paul and Ringo Didn’t Film Themselves Working on New Single, But Peter Jackson Describes How He Made a Music Video of “Now and Then”

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Peter Jackson has directed his first actual music video, for the Beatles’ about to be released final single, “Now and Then.”

The song comes out Thursday morning. The video arrives Friday morning.

But Jackson says Paul and Ringo didn’t film anything when they worked on the song last year. This seems very weird since both of them have chronicled everything they’ve done since the 60s. But hey–

Jackson says: “I told Apple how the lack of suitable footage worried me. We’d need to use a lot of rare and unseen film, but there’s very little … Nothing at all seemed to exist showing Paul, George and Ringo working on Now And Then in 1995 … There’s not much footage of John in the mid-seventies when he wrote the demo … I grizzled about the lack of unseen Beatles footage from the ’60s … And they didn’t even shoot any footage showing Paul and Ringo working on the song last year.

So how did Jackson do it?

He says: “I really had no idea how anyone could make a Now And Then music video if they didn’t have decent footage to work with, and this was far from being a lame excuse. My fear and insecurity now had solid reasons why they should prevail and allow me to say no without looking too much like a chicken.

He continues “Paul and Ringo shot footage of themselves performing and sent that to me. Apple unearthed over 14 hours of long forgotten film shot during the 1995 recording sessions, including several hours of Paul, George and Ringo working on Now And Then, and gave all that to me. Sean and Olivia found some great unseen home movie footage and sent that. To cap things off, a few precious seconds of The Beatles performing in their leather suits, the earliest known film of The Beatles and never seen before, was kindly supplied by Pete Best.

Jackson further says that after he constructed a beginning and middle, Dhani Harrison turned up in New Zealand. “I discussed the ending with him, and described one vague idea I’d been toying with. His eyes immediately filled with tears – so that is the way we went.

To be continued on Thursday at 10am Eastern.

Here’s John’s demo:

https://youtube.com/watch?v=Z8Kb4CD2fQk
Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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