W.I.Z.

Andrew "W.I.Z." Whiston (born 21 July 1962) is an English director of films and music videos. He is currently signed to the production company Academy Films.[1] He previously worked with Factory Films and Oil Factory Inc.[2]

W.I.Z.
Born
Andrew Whiston

(1962-07-21) 21 July 1962
OccupationDirector
Years active1990–present

Career

W.I.Z. has directed a number of high-concept videos for major music artists from the United Kingdom and the United States, including Massive Attack, Kasabian, Oasis, and Marilyn Manson. Many of these videos, in addition to featuring the song and the performers, also follow a running narrative, and may contain a political or social message. Once in a band himself, W.I.Z. has also directed concert films of live performances by the bands Suede, Manic Street Preachers, and Primal Scream.

W.I.Z. has directed two short films: Weekender and Baby. The 1992 film Weekender follows the band Flowered Up and displays the hedonistic side of club and drug culture; the 13-minute film was screened on Channel 4 in Britain. W.I.Z. plans to extend the Weekender concept into a horror film, The Real Life, which he says will blow "all the prejudices and ignorance that surrounds drug-taking" wide open.

W.I.Z.'s second short film Baby made its European debut at the 2000 Edinburgh International film festival and its U.S. debut at the MVPA Director's Cuts 2000 film festival. In February 2003, W.I.Z.'s video for Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's "Whatever Happened to My Rock 'N Roll" was named as MTV2 Europe's "Best Video of the Year 2002" by the NME Carling Awards.

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  • Bocca Juniors - "Raise (53 Steps to Heaven)"

References

  1. Knight, David (12 March 2012). "WIZ Joins Academy and A+". PromoNews.tv. Retrieved 23 August 2014.
  2. "mvdbase.com - W.I.Z. Videography". mvdbase. Retrieved 2014-08-22.
  3. Bather, Luke. "Kasabian 'You're In Love With A Psycho ' by WIZ on Promo News". Promo News. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  4. "WIZ: Strait Street: The Acclaimed Filmmaker Uncovers Malta's Bawdy Past in a New Video for Dark Horses". Nowness.com. Nowness. 25 November 2012. Retrieved 23 August 2014.
  5. http://www.promonews.tv/videos/2012/12/06/strait-street-featuring-dark-horses-wiz
  6. Smarts, Gordon (22 April 2009). "WIZ kid behind Kasabian cover: bizarre", The Sun, p. 18.
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