David Knight - 25th Mar 2020

Nick Roney's first video since the UKMVA-winning video for Cayucas' Girl tells the story of Chipper, a mechanical squirrel pop star, years after his novelty has worn off, who has one remaining adoring fan.

In his video for Real Estate's Paper Cup, the innocent, bright-eyed lad turns up into the sleazy games emporium, to see his beloved Chipper perform - who turns out to be a grinning Disney-esque robot, with the essence of something human deep within. But he has become like a monster in a carnival sideshow, badly in disrepair, on the point of collapse - and the lad is about to be stripped of his innocence.     

In this director's cut, Roney's black comedy on the life after pop stardom is particularly unsettling, with elements of classic grand guignol horror. It's a departure from the videos for The Lemon Twigs and Cayucas where Roney and members of his family have played important roles - sometimes for laughs, and sometimes not. But like in all good horror, there is also a sense of something rooted in the personal going on here. And once seen, it stays with you.


“Paper Cup is a song about getting older and realising that this thing that I fell into doing over ten years ago - being a musician, writing songs, being a guy in a band - this may end up being my life’s work. Watching the people around me change and evolve, take on new challenges, and feeling sort of stuck in a rut, in a way. Feeling uncertain of the validity of being an artist in an age of climate change and general political and social unrest around the world."

PRO Credits


DirectorNick Roney
ProducerElisha Gustafson
Production CompanyStink Films
Executive ProducerRyland Burns
Executive ProducerMartha McGuirk
Executive ProducerKatie Lambert
1st ADTyson Whitney
Director of PhotographyChris Ripley
Focus PullerJordan Utley
Focus PullerSpencer Goff
2nd ACBrenna Empey
2nd ACChris Hammock
GafferJared Jaynes
GafferBrent Rowland
Art DirectorCortni Wimberley
WardrobeSubrina Mohr
WardrobeLianna Hartley
Hair & Make-upSubrina Mohr
EditorDusten Zimmerman
ColouristChris Ripley
Post production companyExile Edit
VFXAlex Budlan
VFXJohn Bashyam @ Warm’n’fuzzy
VFXGeoff Stephenson
Other creditsCALLEN CCO — Craig Allen Creatives — Matt Nall / Kyle Davis Executive Producer — Mike Davidson Cast: James Morris (Chipper), John Anderson, Renny Wardle (Chipper Standins); Alex Weyerstall (Devin), Jagger Woolstenhulme (Bully); Martin Courtney (Employee); Palmer Scott (Doctor); Robin Wardle (Bustop woman); Quinn Gustafson, Jonah Hashimoto, Rhythm Pacheco, Samuel Hashimoto, Reiken Barber, Damon Clement, Owen Clement (Kids), Craig Allen (Dad)

David Knight - 25th Mar 2020

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