The stories behind Australia’s best dance clips

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Entropico, a film production company running out of Sydney, is responsible for some of the most interesting and bizarre film clips of the last few years. Formed in 2013, it all began when old-time school friends Harry Hunter and Erin Moy linked up with writer Sam Egan through the art school party scene. All three soon realised they had a set of varied and complementary skills in writing, DJing, filmmaking and bad acting, which formed the basis of the Entropico philosophy. It’s an alchemy that’s resulted in some pretty fun and amazing short films, enhancing tracks by many of Australia’s best dance music acts. We sat down with the trio to talk through a few of their favourite film clips, and find out the secrets behind each one.

Flamingo – Drip Away

Erin: The director, Evo, has always had a soft spot for 1970s surf films like Morning of the Earth, the online tarp surfing trend, and the cutesie-kitsch art direction style of Michel Gondry. He took these inspirations and the sonic world of Drip Away and built a film concept that dripped through levels of reality. I think people really respond to the simple premise in an ‘I-could-tarp-surf-at-home’ kinda way.

How did you find these skating surfer enthusiasts?

Erin: The clip’s DOP, Mitch Payne, shoots a lot of surfing films, so he had a very handy little black book of surfer models to pick from. One of the boys actually dropped out of the shoot the night before, so we put in an emergency call to our hot mate with skills on skates, Angus Wirth. He was in hair and makeup at the studio 10 hours later. What a bloody legend.

What was shooting this like? Were there any challenges?

Erin: It was a really fun day in the studio, and the whole cast and crew were constantly amazed and tripped out by how much a tarp from Bunnings could look like moving water under the right lights. In terms of challenges, let’s just say I have a lot of respect for the clip’s art director, Seb Barkoczy, and his assistant, Emma Lilly, who spent many hours tying dead fish to stands to create Evo’s underwater dreamland.

Nicky Night Time – Everybody Together

Sam: Nicky approached us with a loose concept in mind. He wanted to do something about women arm wrestling – an extension of the single artwork he had developed. I took the idea to the two directors, Gavriel Maynard and Joel Burrows, and we workshopped the different angles we could take. Gav immediately referenced Hilary Swank from the oft-forgotten The Next Karate Kid and we all started to chase that vibe. We wanted to make something that was serious in tone but super cheesy in subject. We channelled Stallone’s Over The Top and 8 Mile and developed the style and (ridiculous) storyline.

Where did you source that amazing arm-wrestling jacket?

Sam: We made it! We got the single artwork (which had inspired the clip) embroidered onto the back of a white bomber jacket. It was Nicky who really pushed for this and our amazing art directors Reese Geronimo and Laura Ives who got it done. It turned out to be an amazing motif and one of the most memorable aspects of the clip.

Were there any stories from this shoot?

Sam: Shooting the arm wrestling scenes was pretty crazy. We filmed at The Standard in Taylor Square with about 20 extras and some seriously huge muscle men. Everybody got really into it and it made for really great energy in the sequence.

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