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I Like Trains – Sea of Regrets

I Like Trains – Sea of Regrets

Directors
Matt Hopkins & Ben Lankester

Our work with I Like Trains began with this video for their most popular single, Sea of Regrets.

The Shoot

The video was shot over a week in Brighton, suburban and inner-city Paris, Calais and finally London. It was far from smooth sailing; our car was broken into on our first night in Paris followed by a brief run-in with the French police on a beach in Calais.

Most of the tiny budget went into travel and accommodation costs. Traversing through France as a two man crew, we shared scummy hotel rooms with our actor, Segun Akingbola, while we backed up footage and tried to keep up morale. That said, it was one of the most pleasurable shoots of our filmmaking lives.

The Release

The video earned the coveted Staff Pick on Vimeo, which led to an overwhelming outpouring of love for the film online. It has since been recognised in film festivals the world over.

Our relationship with I Like Trains developed from here, eventually leading to our feature documentary A Divorce Before Marriage.