Xavier Fauthoux Wins James Brown Music Video Challenge
Fauthoux will be invited to work on a project in a key office in the Saatchi & Saatchi global network, working alongside some of the best creatives in the business, and his film will be featured in a BUG event at the BFI Southbank London on 30th August.
He commented about the win: “I’m very happy to have won the James Brown Music Video Challenge. I tried to describe the richness of James Brown’s life. James Brown was a force of nature, a gift from heaven. He invented funk, but it was a symbol of freedom and success for millions of Black Americans fighting for their civic rights, who saw him as a source of hope and pride.”
Bruce Resnikoff, President/CEO of Universal Music Enterprises said: “There were so many unique and creative entries, with each contestant presenting his or her own, imaginative vision based on the timeless music of James Brown. But the one that stood out, in particular, was that of filmmaker Xavier Fauthoux with his entry for It’s a Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World. His is the perfect example of how the enduring musical legacy of great artists such as James Brown can inspire, not only in music, but in all forms of art and expression."
Fauthoux submitted an animated film with slick VFX and strong narrative, to illustrate the iconic James Brown track ‘It’s a Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World.’ Fauthoux started out as a web designer at Ubisoft, specialising in 2D/3D animation and VFX Supervision, before setting up Shoot The Boss, an independent digital animation and motion graphics studio in Montreuil, France.
UMe also selected three additional films to become the official music videos of James Brown tracks; Try Me, Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag, and Sex Machine (Part 1).
The directors whose submissions were chosen to be official music promos, and who will each receive a prize of US $4,000 from Universal and Genero.tv in addition to Xavier Fauthoux for ‘It’s a Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World’ are Colombian filmmaker Camilo Rodriguez for ‘Try Me’; American Chief Mojo and Doug Hardee for ‘Papa's Got a Brand New Bag’; and Mexican director Luis Cisneros for ‘Sex Machine (Part 1).’
Pablo del Campo, CEO of Del Campo Saatchi & Saatchi, and member of the Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide Creative Board, commented: "The standard of submissions for this year's Music Video Challenge was high with a great range of styles. It's exciting to have discovered a talent such as Xavier Fauthoux's whose animated short was engaging. Last year's winner, Alberto Gomez, went to Saatchi & Saatchi agency Conill in LA to work on a spot for the Miami Short Film Festival, and I'm looking forward to seeing what Xavier will do when he is commissioned to work on a project within the Saatchi & Saatchi Network."
The Music Video Challenge attracted an international range of film directors, demonstrating the universal appeal of Godfather of Soul James Brown. Rodriguez was born in Bogota in 1987, and is a screenwriter and director who makes short films and documentaries; Chief Mojo and Doug Hardee are based in Tampa, Florida, where Chief Mojo runs video-production company The Mojo Ranch; 23 year-old filmmaker Luis Cisneros hails from Mexico, and describes himself as a ‘simple person, from a small town that loves filmmaking.’