A 21 year old musician and film maker has won the Best Independent Music Video and Best Overall Music Video at The St Kilda Film Festival successfully taking on one of the worlds most viewed music video clips, Gotye's Somebody That I Used To Know.
Sharing the top prize with established film makerDavid Michôd, for his Children Collide clip, Loveless, Michael Shank's song and clip On The Borderline was for his band Roadgeek.
Included in the finalist collection were clips for established Australian musicians Claire Bowditch, Miami Horror, Architecture in Helsinki, Seeker Lover Keeper, Children Collide, Kate Miller-Heidke and Alpine.
Shanks said he had made a song that he would want to hear.
“I wanted people to hear so I thought I’d make a crazy music clip and hopefully people would take notice,” he said. “They are absolutely my two passions - film-making and music” he said. “I hope people will enjoy the song and the clip as much as I enjoyed making them."
Shanks was the youngest director in the field and played all instruments on the track including vocals.
He recently produced and directed a web series, Doomsday Arcade, for online gaming magazine The Escapist and also won Best Director and Best Film at last years Melbourne 48 Hour Film Festival, which took him to New Mexico earlier this year.
Shanks is currently working as a director for LateNite Films - a collective of exciting young film makers with a credo to create new and exciting Australian content.