Above, young Edgar (played by Al Yankovic wearing a rubber appliance) looks on in rapt fascination as the mysteries of the pancreas are revealed in Weird Al Yankovic's music video "Pancreas".      Described admiringly as "dadaist juvenalia" by its many fans and detractors alike, and created with a budget exceeding that of all but the most deluxe set of Pontiac replacement hubcaps, the somewhat creepy "all singing, all dancing" educational musical was directed by Jim Blashfield and produced with footage from thePrelinger Archives.Producer for Blashfield Studio was Marilyn Zornado.SEE "PANCREAS" HERE
MARGINALLY LESS ANCIENT LORE 
AL'S  PANCREAS  
ANCIENT LORE When producer Melissa Marsland sent a copy of Jim Blashfield's short film  
SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES to Talking Heads in 1985, the band commissioned the team to create a video for their upcoming single And She Was from the album, Little Creatures.   The succession of ground breaking music videos that followed imaginatively expanded the definition of the genre and captured attention internationally. The videos received numerous MTV Awards and Nominations  (left) as well as a Cannes Gold Lion and a Grammy. Rolling Stone listed two of the videos (And She Was and Michael Jackson's Leave Me Alone) among the 100 best videos of all time.
"Time to eat all your
word, swallow your pride, open your eyes..."

Tears for Fears
SOWING THE  SEEDS OF LOVE 
The Seeds of Love



"Everything is bound to rise and fall, that's all..."

Marc Cohn
WALK THROUGH THE WORLD
The Rainy Season
"And she was looking at herself, and things were looking like a movie..."

Talking Heads
AND SHE WAS
Little Creatures











"Sittin' around in some
all night zoo, watching it run like a movie...

Joni Mitchell
GOOD FRIENDS
Dog Eat Dog





"Hey, darlin', tell me what it's all about..."

NuShooz
I CAN'T WAIT
Poolside.
"It was a slow day
and the sun was 
beating on the soldiers by the side of the road..."

Paul Simon
BOY IN THE
BUBBLE
Graceland
"Leave me alone...
stop it! Just stop doggin
me around!"

Michael Jackson
LEAVE ME
ALONE
Bad
   It is the first time Blashfield has used music video to explore a performer's persona.  His other clips have struck exclusively to the song's content.  His first, for Talking Heads' And She Was reflected the song's giddy sense of dissociation by presenting a woman floating above her neighborhood, looking down with glee on the mementos and landmarks of her life. Blashfield created Paul Simon's Boy in the Bubble, which presents images of ancient ritual and modern science as equally magical, and Joni Mitchell's Good Friends, where the animator replays an old relationship through its now shadowy icons.
"For every job so many men, so many men no one needs..."

Peter Gabriel 
DON'T GIVE UP 
So
The Classic Music Videos 
D i r e c t e d  b y  J I M  B L A S H F I E L D  
As director of some
of music video's most adventurously animated clips, Blashfield takes real objects from everyday life-- newspapers, baby carriages, spatulas-- and then photographs, Xeroxes, and animates them until they become hauntingly metaphorical. This unique animation process gives Blashfield's images a look at once antique and abstract, as if all of them were alluding to past, subconscious events. In Blashfield's "Leave Me Alone" section of Michael Jackson's full length Moonwalker home video, the director presents Jackson's life as an amusement park ride, both cartoonish and menacing.  While poking fun at the wildest tabloid rumors about the star's life, Blashfield offers unexpected insight into Jackson's psychology.  He constructs two Jacksons here-- one an impish child, the other a Gulliver-style giant, trapped in a labyrinth of roller coasters and log flumes.  With wit and empathy, he portrays him as an adult enslaved to a child's fantasies.
In all these works, the animation is dense and dark, giving the impression of an old scrapbook.  Key motifs recur-- newspapers and TV sets (to represent the collective media unconscious) and the sending of everyday objects into orbit (creating a separate universe).  In this rearrangement of reality Blashfield tries to get at the hidden connection between objects and ideas.  "I feel objects and environments can function as metaphors for ideas we've been constructing in our heads that we can't put our finger on," he says.  The director's tone can be just as hard to pin down.  There is something a little sinister in animating such ordinary objects, but there is also a non sequitur humor.  Blashfield himself cannot decide what some motifs represent: his fiery halos around some objects, for instance, mean "one of two things," he smiles. "Either the object is holy or it is radioactive".  --Jim Farber
In the animated world of Jim Blashfield everything familiar looks strange.
MUSIC 
VIDEO NOMINATIONS and AWARDS 

And She Was / 1986
Talking Heads 
MTV NOMINATIONS 
Best Group Video /
Best Concept Video


Boy in the Bubble / 1987 
Paul Simon 
MTV NOMINATIONS
Best Video / Best Special 
Effects / Best Art Direction 
 Most Experimental 
Viewers' Choice


Leave Me Alone / 1989
Michael Jackson
MTV NOMINATIONS
Best Video / Breakthrough
 Video / Best Special Effects 
 Best Art Direction 
Best Editing / Viewers' Choice
MTV AWARD
Best Special Effects
 CANNES GOLD LION Best Special Effects


Leave Me Alone  / 1990
Michael Jackson
GRAMMY AWARD
 Best Music Video, 
Short Form


Sowing the 
Seeds of Love/1990
Tears for Fears 
MTV NOMINATIONS
  Best Concept Video 
 Best Post Modern Video 
 Breakthrough Video / Best Special Effects
MTV AWARDS Best Special Effects / Breakthrough Video
In this archival review, the writer Jim Farber reflects on the  Blashfield Studio's music videos and production techniques of the  mid-1980s.

GHOSTS OF POP 

Reprinted from
Connoisseur MagazineMay 1989
From Tears for Fears SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE
ANCIENT
STATUARY
BLASHFIELD STUDIO
1 8 0 1  N W  U P S H U R  S T  P O R T L A N D  O R  U S A  9 7 2 0 9  /  J B S T U D I O @ S P I R I T O N E . C O M