David Knight - 27th July 2010

A sexy, pumped-up performance plus a suspenseful-romantic narrative for the bodacious Vanessa Amorosi - directed by Phil Griffin.

It represents Phil's return to UK promos, and his first team-up with producer Mikey Levelle, now head of music at Shameless, Park Village's new music division.

"I noticed Vanessa while working in Australia where she's a massive artist," says Phil. "My approach always starts with a collaboration so with Vanessa's trust we went about the job of stripping back her image to create a sensual and accessible Vanessa. I like to combine handheld and long lens imagery with intimate performance so I really enjoyed provoking the feisty performance from this enigmatic Antipodean superstar."

Shot in and around East London on 16mm with a full crew, several locations were covered in a single day by virtue of shooting the action car in transit between locations. "Otherwise a considerable amount of time would have been lost to the loveable London traffic," notes Mikey Levelle. "The male lead, Neil Lumberg, was cast only days before the shoot and both him and Vanessa were hard working, patient and professional throughout, with art department and wardrobe helping the viewer to differ between a narrative and performance.

"It was also great to work with Phil, having discussed doing so for a number of months," Mikey continues. "His artistic and photographic background as well as his vast experience with choreography helped the artist achieve her best performance and make it an enjoyable shoot."

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Credits

StylistAngie Smith
DirectorPhil Griffin
ProducerMikey Levelle
1st ADSam Le Page
Director of PhotographyDennis Madden
Art DirectorNick Ellis
Production CompanyShameless
Make-upCharlotte Cave
EditorJames Rose
ColouristSimone Grattarola
Casting directorCoptic Street Studios
CommissionerAilsa Robertson

David Knight - 27th July 2010

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