Shynola, the directors of Coldplay's latest video for Strawberry Swing video have responded to claims of plagiarism by releasing a statement online, which has also been distributed via Coldplay.com. Here's Anchorman:
Good evening. In light of a recent statement about the Strawberry Swing video by musician Andy J. Gallagher, the video's directors, Shynola, have put together this response.
In a previous statement, Gallagher said, “While I can’t say they copied me, there are an awful lot of similarities between my video and theirs. I think it’s unfair that ‘Strawberry Swing’ will probably be nominated for numerous awards and is being universally acclaimed as groundbreaking when [‘Something Else’ director] Owen Trevor had virtually the same idea at least a year before.”
Mr Gallagher goes on to say, under the heading of, "coldplay - the copyright controversy", the following statement on his website:
Further to the increasing coverage the "coldplays video looks an awful lot like andy j gallagher's one", i would like to add the following. there are striking similarities between the two videos and we wrote to coldplays management asking them to explain the bizarre coincidences between the videos (both in style and script) and also to qualify chris martins assertion that 'strawberry swings' video is "unique and groundbreaking". suprisingly, they took the time to respond by email with the following: "i'm afraid the creative on the video was written by shynola not coldplay".
The groundbreaking short film was directed by visual artists Shynola and features Chris Martin as an animated superhero in a chalk-drawn world (with a killer squirrel). You can discuss Shynola's exclusive response here at the Coldplay forum now [thanks mayurshikotra]
Here are some stills from the Strawberry Swing video...