Blood Orange 'Charcoal Baby' by Crack Stevens

Blood Orange 'Charcoal Baby' by Crack Stevens
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This wonderful video for Blood Orange (aka Dev Hynes) by Crack Stevens (aka Akinola Davies) is, in effect, two videos played alongside one another. They are at the same time very similar and widely different, and their juxtaposition serves to send a message about the diversity of the black experience in London.

In both cases, we're witnessing the different stages of a family celebration, of two different communities, taking place in the same social club, where Hynes is the performer. And what is the so appealing about it is the level of detail and the beautiful portraiture so that documentary merges seamlessly with the music video form.

It's a celebration of similarities - the bringing of the food, the socialising, the dancing - and the differences - and most of all, the fact that it is real - which makes every frame (and split-frame) fascinating.

From the director

CRACK STEVENS:

"I wanted to make something for black people to be able to celebrate our complexly embodied lived experiences in the face of all the sensationalised violence and recycled stereotypical images perpetrated about us.

"Making the video was a lot of work but when an artists like Dev treats the director equally as an artist it makes it a real collaboration - I can safely say I’ve never worked as hard or learnt as much on a project before."

Credits

Director
Crack Stevens
Producer
Nick Hayes
Production Company
Nuuksio Films
Production Manager
Martha McGuirk
1st AD
Bryony James
Director of Photography
Nicolai Niermann
Focus Puller
Mike Hannides
2nd AC
Josh Bloomer
Gaffer
Peter Bishop
Art Director
Studio Augmenta
Wardrobe
Ruka Johnson
Hair
Virginie Moreira
Make-up
Marielle Mata
Editor
Kit Wells
Editing company
Final Cut
Colourist
Jason Wallis
Grading company
Etc La
Post production company
Etc La
Post Producer
Sara Gbadamosi / Chris Lewis
Cast
Chloe Rosolek
Commissioner
Johanna Mcmanus
Label
Domino Recording Co
DIRECTORS ASSISTANT
MOYA DE YOUNG
PRODUCTION ASSISTANT
ISLAY LEEFE-GRIFFITHS
2nd ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
OLIVER WATERS
RUNNER
PIER NOBLE-BERRY
RUNNER
ARCHIE TRUEGER
RUNNER
ALEX TAWNEY
SPARK
LEON PYSZORA
SPARK
RAMZEY SABBAGH
GRIP
CARL "LUMP" DUNN
PLAYBACK
NATHAN VALENTE
PRODUCTION DESIGN
STUDIO AUGMENTA
ART DIRECTOR
STEPHANIE KEVERS
ART ASSIST
YLAN LUCAS
STYLING ASSIST
MELANIE CHATELET-ADJO
HAIR ASSIST
ISSAC POLEON
MU ASSIST
MANDANA MIRZALI
LOCATION SCOUT
ANDREW GILLMAN
CASTING DIRECTOR
CHLOE ROSOLEK
OFFLINE PRODUCER
NIKKI PORTER @ FINAL CUT
SOUND DESIGNER
FRED PEARSON @ MACHINE SOUND
AUDIO PRODUCER
LAURA PEARSON @ MACHINE SOUND

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