​Gaspar Noé calls out Kanye West’s video director for copying his typography

The director thinks Kanye’s All Of The Lights video borrowed a little too literally from the Enter the Void opening sequence.

by Charlotte Gush
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04 November 2015, 12:35pm

Director Gaspar Noé has spoken out in a new interview to voice his shock at how much Kanye West's All Of The Lights video director Hype Williams copied the typography from the opening sequence of his own film Enter The Void. Both films feature bright neon text in different typographic styles flashing over a black background to the beat of the music.

"I was more shocked by the fact that that guy who copied all the typography of my titles put his name in it -- Hype Williams -- when you never usually see a director's name in a music video. He was putting his name on it over and over! It was so weird that he was not only copying it, but adding his name into the credits over and over again," Gaspar Noé told the Daily Beast.

This is the first time that Noé has publicly acknowledged the allegations of copying. However, back in 2011, the title designer who made the Enter The Void opening sequence, Tom Kan, spoke out in a trade interview to say that Kanye's video, "was very, very -- maybe too much -- inspired by the graphics and the mood of our title sequence. The similarities were too blatant and I believe plagiarism always devalues the imitator".

Noé, however, appears to be philosophical about those similarities, concluding that, "The truth is that when you put something out there, if you put any idea out there that's kind of flashy, you have many, many people that are going to be copying it. This happens whether you do movies, paintings, or music". You can make your own mind up, by watching the fan-made side-by-side view of the two videos, above.