Paraic Morrissey, one half of music video directing twins CC Wade, came to Screen and Film School this month to give the students a detailed insight into the brothers’ creative process, from treatment through to the final edit.
Paraic and Michael Morrissey began making films and music together in their teens and were soon being asked to create music videos for their friends under the moniker CC Wade. The twins learned on their feet, looking for ways to create imaginative, high-quality films – often with low budget and minimal crew. Paraic brought with him the treatments that secured their pitches with Goat Girl and King Krule, showing the detail that the brothers go to when discerning their visual style. With a wealth of success behind them- including their video for Fat White Family that won Raindance’s Best Music Video 2019- our students were thrilled to hear advice and top tips first hand!
The brothers know the importance of making the most out of the resources and budget you have, and Paraic explained at each stage how they overcame hurdles to create their desired effect, like creating a U-shaped miniature cityscape for King Krule’s Biscuit Town or shooting large crowds of men swooning in 60s pastiche The Man by Goat Girl when they only had 12 background actors to direct. Paraic showed that, if you enjoy a project enough, you’ll always find a way to make it as good as can be.
Michael was unable to join Paraic this time around, but the duo will return to Film School as a pair in a few projects’ time to show us the ins and outs of their journey!