RA: Real Scenes

Resident Advisor - music documentary series

This pioneering documentary series from Resident Advisor takes viewers on a tour of the world’s most vibrant and intriguing electronic music scenes. Clockwise has worked on the project since its inception, providing production support from development to delivery.


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"We’ve worked with Clockwise since the first Real Scenes film and they've played a key role in shaping and evolving the series. The team have a great instinct for storytelling, they constantly contribute ideas and solutions throughout the filming and editing process and are always a pleasure to work with." - Patrick Nation - Head of Films - Resident Advisor


Resident Advisor approached Clockwise in 2011 about collaborating on a film series which would showcase the electronic music scenes in various cities around the world. The market for online film was booming but the overwhelming trend was for short form easily digestible content. Clockwise and Resident Advisor went against the grain and embarked on an ambitious series of long-form documentaries with room for the stories and characters to breathe.


Clockwise produced the first series of Real Scenes in collaboration with RA, lifting the lid on the electronic music movement in cities including Detroit, Berlin and Bristol. Since then we’ve continued to be the production partner for all international destinations including Mexico, Tokyo and Johannesburg.

Each film is the result of a close collaboration between Resident Advisor head of films Patrick Nation and Clockwise senior creative Sim Higginson, who jointly head up an agile production team which can rise to the challenge of filming in new cities and unknown environments.


Real Scenes had an instant impact on the music and film industries, proving that long form content can thrive in the online space. Episodes of the series have been screened at film festivals all over the world and have been awarded the coveted ‘staff picks’ badge by Vimeo.

The series has attracted millions of viewers and served as a major driver of traffic to the Resident Advisor platform, helping to cement the publication’s reputation as the leading voice in electronic music with an appetite for producing rich and ambitious online content.

Real Scenes lead Resident Advisor to establish a specialist film department, with whom Clockwise continues to collaborate today, marking the start of a fruitful relationship and a legacy of which both teams can be immensely proud.

“Filming Real Scenes in Johannesburg was the trip of a lifetime. It felt like a constant game of cat and mouse; with new scenes to shoot on every street corner alongside constant reminders of the potential dangers that came with filming in the city. In one township we parked up at a DIY street party where I was instantly told my camera was worth more than the venue… We were filming Black Coffee, an artist who outsells Madonna in South Africa. Thousands of people spilled out of the venue and into the street. We might not have made it out with our phones in our pockets but we left with some golden footage.”
- Sim Higginson - DOP


Patrick Nation


Debbie Butts


Sim Higginson, Dan Higginson


Sim Higginson, Dan Higginson

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