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.


"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."

PRO Credits


DirectorSam Pilling
ProducerSonya Sier
Production CompanyPulse Films
Executive ProducerZak Razvi
Production ManagerAmanda Tuckwell
1st ADDan Gibling
Focus PullerAhmet Husseyin
2nd ACJoe Douglas
GafferCraig Davids
Art DirectorFlorent Pinzuti
WardrobeGrace Snell
HairLisa Zipper
Make-upLisa Zipper
EditorThomas Grove Carter
Editing companyTrim Editing
ColouristAubrey Woodiwiss
Grading companyElectric Theatre Collective
Post production companyElectric Theatre Collective
Post ProducerClaire Toms
Lead actorSimona Zivkovska, Jerome Holder, Laya Lewis, Youssef Berouain
Director's RepresentationJoceline Gabriel
CommissionerEmily Ann Sonnet
LabelPMR Records
Director of PhotographyPat Scola
2nd ACJoe Douglas
DITMichael McDuffie
GripTom North
SparkRyan Delahunty
Sound RecordingDean Hewitson
RunnerSavannah Setten
RunnerMike Turner
Sound designLuis Almau
Other creditsOffline Producer: Jemma Daniel @ Trim Sound Producer: Jay James @ Soundtree

Cat Velez - 4th Aug 2015

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