This is actually one of my favorite videos to date. The artist makes some pretty amazing music and I hope she works with me in the near future as well. Shooting this was rough. My wife went into labor while we were on our way to set. Obviously I couldn’t abandon the production, but I had to move quickly.
For the obvious reasons the shoot holds a special place in my heart. Thank you EVERYONE that spend their time working on this. I’m truly grateful, and happy to share this special project with you.
Smith Hage Productions
Executive Producer - CiEsta
Director - Ash Innovator
Producer - Katie Andrews
Colorist - Jaime Obradovich
SteadiCam Op - Patrick Morgan
AC - Brenna Perez
Native Runner - Manfred Lion
Evil Runner - Jeff Jackter
Hipster - Collette Connell
Construction Worker - Jonathan Charles
Mime - Thomas Leverton
Prom Queen - Lerubi Lopez
Patient - Noreen Shea
Drag - Jonathan Hendrickson
Track Starter - Stephen Stapinski
Spectator - Nzingtha Smith
There is so much GREAT talent out here. Really amazing Directors and Cinematographers. Many that we know so little about. I just hope I can live up to my end.
There were quite a few bizarities and reallly amazing visual concepts that made this video seem very surreal. It’s amazing.
I’m really noticing an influx with stop animation. I need to get my feet wet. The coolest part is syncing. Once I figure that out….
HORRIBLE! Kanye really just stole concept? Click for full video!
This is the raw file for the video. Click on it to watch and download.
THIS THE SHIT I DON’T LIKE RIGHT HERE. SOO FUCKING SAD. We work so hard to create work. So for it to just get stolen like that? Why would a guy Like Kanye West steal my shit? a nobody. I can barely pay rent. Hire me, don’t just jack my shit.
Shout out to my nigga JD for putting this together. Youtube and vimeo already blocked it but fuck it, keep pushing.
So, I frequently search Twitter to find things that inspire me. I ran into a director by the name of Greg Williams, his twitter name is @GVisuals. What I like about him is he seems to be following the Hype Williams play book. His work closely parallel’s Hype’s style, at least his older style. But he does it with a more modern flare. World renowned director Mark Pellington emailed me and told me, to find a director you like and RIP their style, eventually it will become your own. That was the most sound advice I ever had.
OMG, this video was Trill. I don’t know why West Indians always get a pass at some of those dance moves. This is going to be a classic video though. It’s tough. Trinidad, kind of reminds me of A$AP a bit.
TRILL shit though. I’m going to Download the mixtape!
This video took a little bit to finally release but it’s here. We shot this December 4th. The idea was to give the artist something rough and rugged. I figured what would be better for a brooklyn rapper than a rip from the famous movie WARRIORS. I know it has been done over time and time again but I figured I could do a bit more than what others have done. It was a hectic day, we missed a lot but we got a lot too. Oh, yeah, and this was the day I promised myself I would never use Redrock’s DSLR Mattebox rig again… EVER!
I hope you enjoy.