I'll start by saying that I wasn't incredibly familiar with Stephane Sednaoui before the release of this DVD. To be blunt, I had no idea who he was, and a good portion of his videos were foreign to me (well, they're French). I'm pretty glad that I got a chance to see some of his material, however. Sednaoui is also a fashion photographer, and it shows in his music video work: lots of color, brilliance, and energy are common in his work. He's almost an opposite of Anton Corbijn in this respect, who tends to choose darker, matte-like subjects over flashy, shiny and colorful ones, but I still grew to appreciate his ability. Plus, I've heard he's quite a ladies man.
To start with the videos, I'm definitely partial to the work he's done with Bjork, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Mirwais (I had never heard of this group until I watched the DVD, by the way) because I think their music fits Sednaoui's style. In fact, his videos seem to fit like a glove over the funky rhythms of Give It Away or Bjork's quirky Big Time Sensuality. There are some cases, one being his work with Tricky, which prove his versatility to some extent.
Another example of his talents in visual art comes from the brilliant short films on this disc...I'm actually curious if he's done more work in this area, because I loved these. Walk on the Wild Side, which Sednaoui describes as a faithful interpretation of Lou Reed's song/poem, describes the lives of 5 teenagers moving to New York in search of glory and excitement. Another one, Army of Me, is an animated short that originally started as a video project for Bjork's song with the same name. Both are just cool, visually stunning, and just another side of Stephane's talents.
I think I'd be more critical of this guy if I knew more about him, maybe. This is definitely not my favorite DVD in the set, nor have I spent nearly as much time with it as I have the Romanek and Corbijn collections. But I'm glad that I got a chance to be introduced to his work, well, besides his U2 videos that I never really cared for too much. And isn't the whole point of this series to get us looking past our favorite musicians and appreciating the ones behind the camera.