To celebrate the 20 year
anniversary of the release of Oasis’ 1997 album 'Be Here Now’, the band have
gone back into the studio to re-master and re-release the album.
In conjunction with the
re-release, Directors Dom&Nic who originally shot the promo ‘D'You know
what I mean?' in 1997, approached The Mill to re-master the video in 2k
Mill Creative Director,
Neil Davies comments; “It’s hard to believe that it’s nearly 20 years since
this track, along with Dom&Nic’s iconic video first came out.
Dom&Nic approached us
to do a re-mastered version for them and it was great fun being able to go back
to the 35mm film and re-master the promo using today’s technology. It’s amazing
how modern it looks in high resolution, with remade comps and a new grade. Even
the combat gear doesn’t seem to have dated!
This is the first promo
re-master I’m aware of and hopefully it will start a new trend of bringing
classic promos up to date.”
2D Lead Artist George
Rockliffe says; "When originally released in 1997, the promo was
distributed in PAL, the old standard
definition format, and so we wanted to go
back to the original 35mm film to rescan the stock footage and get the 2k
material from the source. The analogue medium had all of this information in it
that was never seen in the original distribution.
Once we had the newly
scanned footage, we matched the promo shot for shot, in line with Noel
Gallagher's 2016 remix of the track. There were two big composite shots to
complete, which were done in Nuke and Flame as well as some restoration work where
scratches or hair were compromising the new quality of the film.
All of this new work was
completed at 2k resolution and combined with a new grade from The Mill’s Dave
‘Luddy’ Ludlam, both bring the music video right up to date. This is testament
to the creative on the original shoot in conjunction with the additional post
we completed here at the Mill."
Mill Colourist Dave
‘Luddy’ Ludlam comments; “Originally shot at the Beckton Gas Works where
Stanley Kubrick's ‘Full Metal Jacket' was filmed, I was very excited about both
re-mastering 30000ft worth of 35mm film and working on such a classic track by
After delving through
footage to find all the shots and getting the promo conformed, my main focus was
to get the very best out of the material so as not to in any way compromise the
original footage and range that the 35mm had captured.
It’s been an amazing
project to work on and I think that when you watch the finished piece you see
how interesting and clean the material is and how well it has stood the test of
time 20 years on.”