Colouring 'Heathen' by Shaun James Grant
There's a contrast at the heart of Shaun James Grant's video for Colouring: on the one hand there's a heartfelt performance; on the other a curious observer, who happens to be a gold-coloured nude human nymph.
SHAUN JAMES GRANT:
"Creating this piece was very much about first encounters and human connection. There's so much that runs through it for me, so many subtle nuances that encompass the connections we make with one another and how we choose to peruse them. For me It's always important to tell a narrative of substance in a way that feels unique whilst giving people something they can relate too.
"From our leading lady's narrative point of view, it was the story of being introduced to a new world, being born into the unknown and forming a sense of curiosity that grew throughout. At the same time it plays into the idea of restlessness and inability to commit, she's looking for something but isn't sure what. I think this is very true to the world we currently live in, our attention spans are so short, we are surrounded by distractions and unable to absorb and fully appreciate the moment. There was definitely an element of that of which I felt was important to convey in a way that wasn’t at all preachy.
"From the band’s point of view she was more of a figment of their imagination, an otherworldly being, placed on a pedestal. A subconscious reimagining of an old flame, or personification of a fantasy - again it's something they want but can't grasp. I kind of felt like her being gold and striking was a metaphor for how we sometimes place our admiration for others to such a high status its almost unreal.
"Their apathy and lack of emotion juxtaposed with her curiosity again taps into that notion of being disillusioned and lost. I wanted her to feel like the life in stagnant world - using the boys as her playground, part of the territory she's exploring. Although she's naked there's nothing overtly sexual about her performance, which was really important, she's not there for their pleasure - if anything the boys are her objects to toy with."
|Producer||Nailah Clair Blissett|
|Production Company||Lemonade Money|
|Executive Producer||James Payne|
|1st AD||Steven Eniraiyetan|
|Director of Photography||Ann Evelin Lawford|
|Focus Puller||Karl Hui|
|2nd AC||Jean Ash|
|Art Director||Stuart Bolin|
|Post Producer||Clair Norrish|
|Lead actor||Claudia Rose Maybury|
|Other credits||Development Producer | Haf Gibson Steadicam | Emilio Schlappi Make Up Assistant | Abigail Lemar Spark | Hamza Womeny Spark | Camil Liberto Production Assistant | Katherine Skingsley Production Assistant | Karol Horszczaruk|
Shaun James Grant teams up once again with Black Honey for the sequel to their previous video Dig - this time taking the influences into the 70s harking back to Saturday Night Fever.
Shaun James Grant teams up with Vevo Lift to bring us this wonderful, stripped down performance from Rag'N'Bone Man.
Following on from his live video for Where did I Go? comes another live performance by Jorj Smith, captured by Shaun James Grant.
Shaun James Grant's latest video for Maverick Sabre is a searing exploration of the day-to-day emotional and physical endurance needed to cope with domestic abuse.
Beyoncé leads the nominees for the 63rd Grammy Awards, and among her nine nominations …
Colourist Henry Howard has joined the expanding team at Wash, joining company founder and senior …
EnergaCAMERIMAGE, the international film festival celebrating the art of cinematography is now …
Agile Films have announced the signing of Yoni Lappin to their director's roster for music videos …
The Sam Pilling-directed video for DJ Shadow ft De La Soul’s Rocket Fuel, and Finnish-born …
DJ SHADOW & DE LA SOUL'S ‘ROCKET FUEL' WINS WINS VIDEO OF THE YEAR