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Dornik 'Drive' by Sam Pilling

Cat Velez - 4th Aug 2015

Sam Pilling directed this music video with short film qualities for rising R&B star Dornik's song Drive. 

The video's authentic feel is the key to its success, capturing the excitement of young love that doesn't feel in any way staged. The video follows a couple of teens' lives as confide in their best friends about their relationship, hook up in secret, and sneak out to see each other. All the while Dornik's track eases in and out of the story, giving it a freshness that makes the minimal narrative come alive.

SAM PILLING:

"I wanted the visuals to juxtapose the song so I decided to set the video at night and to film it in quite a raw, off-the-cuff way, rather than a more obvious, smooth approach. Dornik wanted the video to be about having fun, good vibes and a sense of release so we constructed a story that had those upbeat elements but also had a slightly darker undertone too.

"I liked the idea that when you’re a teenager emotions and feelings can fluctuate very quickly and that the smallest or silliest of situations can feel very important to you.

"I had a lot of fun working with the young actors, Simona Zivkovska, Jerome Holder, Youssef Berouain and Laya Lewis. It was important to me that our young couple and their friends had believable and engaging chemistry together and this was something we worked hard on in pre-production and on the shoot."

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  • Drama
  • Narrative
  • R&B

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Credits

Production/Creative

Director
Sam Pilling
Producer
Sonya Sier
Production Company
Executive Producer
Zak Razvi
Production Manager
Amanda Tuckwell
1st AD
Dan Gibling

Camera

Director of Photography
Pat Scola
Focus Puller
Ahmet Husseyin
2nd AC
Joe Douglas
2nd AC
Joe Douglas

Lighting/Grip

Gaffer
Craig Davids
Grip
Tom North

Art

Art Director
Florent Pinzuti

Wardrobe

Wardrobe
Grace Snell
Hair
Lisa Zipper
Make-up
Lisa Zipper

Editorial

Editor
Thomas Grove Carter
Editing company

Grading

Colourist
Aubrey Woodiwiss
Colour grade company

VFX

Post production company
Post Producer
Claire Toms

Agent

Director's Representation
Joceline Gabriel

Commission

Commissioner
Emily Ann Sonnet
Label
PMR Records

Other credits

Offline Producer

Jemma Daniel @ Trim

Sound Producer

Jay James @ Soundtree

Cat Velez - 4th Aug 2015

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