Piers James 'Samurai' by Luke Davies

Piers James 'Samurai' by Luke Davies
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Luke Davies decided against getting all counterintuitive when it came to Piers James's Samurai. And that was a smart move. Instead he made the most of the opportunity presented by the songtitle.

But as he explains, filming a samurai on Margate beach has its hazards...


From the director


"Normally when I listen to a song to start thinking about the visuals, the first couple of ideas that come to mind are usually a little obvious or cliche. It felt, I don’t know, just a little too easy and obvious to go with a film directly referencing Samurais... But then I thought, you know what Samurai’s are cool as fuck, so why the hell not. Anything else would have just been swimming against the tide.

"Irrelevant of the concept, it turned out that fighting against the tide would be exactly what we we're doing. Stranded on a miserable Margate beach in the height of English summer (50mph winds & heavy showers), with no unit base in sight and not even the respite of an E-Z Up for shelter... yeah we shot 360. Basically what I'm trying to say is this was without doubt the most testing shoot I've ever been a part of. People often compare filmmaking with going to war and now I kind of understand why. 

"Luckily when you're surrounded by a fabulous crew it's incredible the amount of adversity you can overcome. Thanks again to everyone who helped make this possible, and rest in peace to our 1st AC whose probably still out in Margate somewhere blowing in the wind."


Luke Davies
Leah Joyce
Production Manager
Ella Giradot
1st AD
Spencer Wilson
Director of Photography
Molly Manning Walker
Focus Puller
Will Gething
Matthew Dickson
Art Director
Kelly Sinclair Smith
Holly Miller
Jake Armstrong
Editing company
Marshall Street Editors
Thomas Mangham
Grading company
The Mill
Sillis Movement
Director's Representation
Fat Lemon
Platoon Records
Tom Stratford
Dominant Namek & Remi Black
Assistant Choreographer
Jacob Holme
Art Dept Assistant
India Gillet

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