The 2nd single off the 2nd LP for my boys The ShopWindow is a song close to singer songwriter Carl's heart... “I sometimes wake up and find myself in a fog, crippled by anxiety and self doubt. ‘Lighthouse’ is about how my wife is always able to steer me through that fog to safety and firmer ground. She has an ability to do this without even realising most of the time, just by being her sparkling self.”

  • Darren Stokes
    Out of Reach - THE SHOPWINDOW
  • Carl Mann
    Out of Reach & Evacuate...
  • Artgrid
    Stock Footage
  • Project Type:
    Music Video
  • Genres:
    Janglepop, Indie
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 33 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 3, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    356 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
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Director Biography - Darren Stokes

Darren has been working with THE SHOPWINDOW for over 18 months, helping establish the visual look of the music.
Working closely with Carl Mann, singer-songwriter. It's a partnership that has stretched over 17 years taking in 3 bands.
From filming gigs in most of London's gig circuit, (The Dublin Castle, Borderline, Water Rats) to filming the band recording in Kent.
During this period Darren honed his editing and creative skills working in TV Promotions, taking in Bravo, Living TV, Challenge, and a plethora of International Sony channels. At Sony, he garnered 15+ awards for creativity. Most of which can be found here.

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Director Statement

I toiled with this treatment for a week or so, trying to break down the lyrics and interpret the feeling behind them. So I started big and threw the kitchen sink at it. 250+ selected clips from Artgrid later, the astronaut resonated with me and a narrative formed.
A small nod to The Martian and taking in a familiar film trope of "isolation clouds the memory" where by our protagonist can't remember clearly his love.
From here it was a relatively simple edit, but quite heavy on the rotoscoping and tracking. In the end I probably used less than 30 clips!
Carl's response "Looks magnificent mate. Great work! I love it. Can’t wait for people to see this."