David Knight - 20th July 2016

It is very sad to announce that the French director Thomas Rhazi has passed away, as a result of his injuries suffered in a motorbike accident in Paris nearly three months ago. 

Thomas Rhazi leaves a hugely impressive body of work as a music video director, his work displaying his distinctive talent for storytelling which combined a serious and often intense approach with an instinctive understanding of the power of visual effects. Having shot a Dandy Warhols promo in 2012 in the UK, his breakthrough work was the video for Goose's Your Ways, followed by Hawk House's Chill Pill - nominated at the UK Music Video Awards in 2014. He then directed the video for Alt-J's Pusher, followed by Baauer's Gogo, released at the end of 2015.

Growing up in Paris, Thomas's career began as a fashion photography and a DoP prior to his transition to directing. He was also starting to gain accolades for his commercials at the time of his accident. This included his illuminating film Eyes Of A Child for the Noémi Association, which won two Wood Pencils at the 2015 D&ADs, and an Axe commercial starring model Shaun Ross, which he completed earlier this year.    

Thomas signed to Division Paris in 2014, joining the company headed by his childhood friend Jules de Chateleux, and where another childhood friend Helmi was also represented. Since last year he has also been represented by Prettybird in London. His funeral takes place at 2pm tomorrow, July 21st, in Paris, at the hall of the funeral home of Omniculte Batignolles Cemetery, 1 Boulevard Du General Leclerc in Clichy.

Juliette Larthe, MD of Prettybird London, describes Thomas as "a beautiful director, his work artful and abstract yet covering narratives beautifully executed, a whole story inside every piece, poignant, touching and always great performances.

"We have been robbed of an amazing film director before the world knew his name, and we have lost an inspiring beautiful human being who enriched the lives of everyone he came near. He could focus on you when he listened and made you feel like you were imparting the most important words he would ever hear. A phenomenal talent, and with heartfelt sadness we offer our condolences to those who helped make him as great as he was, and are great because of who he was – his family, his loves and close friends. Thank you for giving us Thomas Rhazi. "

Larthe continues that the Prettybird office will be closed tomorrow as a mark of respect, also to his friends and family and colleagues at Division Paris. "Our hearts are breaking for all at Division Paris, for his best friends Jules & Helmi, Clemence and all at the family like company that is Division Paris. A day is not enough to heal the pain, all the aches of grief and wounds to the soul, but may the love and talent he gave remain inside all that knew him and flow with the warmth of beating hearts."

David Knight - 20th July 2016

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