Flatbush Zombies 'Headstone' by Luke Monaghan
Luke Monaghan presents an old school New York hiphop video with a distinctive cinematic edge for Flatbush Zombies, and it makes compelling viewing.
It begins with a body in a deserted carpark at night - it's the title sequence for Headstone. Then comes what appears to be the flashback: the Zombies in their car, with their homies, on the street. It's dark and it's steamy, and it delivers so well on its preformance premise you cannot take your eyes off it.
Special mention should go to the DoP Maceo Bishop, for his exceptional nighttime cinematography. It's one of the best shot videos of the year so far - with a great grade too by Ricky Sausis. But Monaghan deserves the biggest plaudits, for making the Flatbush Zombies the movie stars of their own video.
“I went into the video wanting to give off a feeling and set a tone; I feel like rap videos in the 90’s did that so well. They didn’t try too hard or try to shoehorn in camera technique as much. It was all about the feeling. I wanted people to feel like they were in Flatbush Zombies’ version of Flatbush. I wanted people to feel like they needed to wrap up warm when they watched the video because it makes you feel like you’re in New York on a bitterly cold night.
"My main reference going into the video was Wu Tang ‘C.R.E.A.M’. I love that video. People don’t make them like that anymore.
"I go back a long way with Flatbush Zombies, their first video ‘Thug Waffle’ was one of the first videos I ever made. So it was important for me to do a good job by them and give them a video to set the tone for their second album ‘Vacation In Hell’.”
|Production Manager||Janye Roberts|
|1st AD||Sam Light|
|Director of Photography||Maceo Bishop|
|Art Director||Tony Baloney|
|Post production company||MPC|
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