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Calvin Harris, Sam Smith 'Promises' by Emil Nava

David Knight - 10th Sept 2018

Emil Nava's video for Calvin Haris and Sam Smith's collaboration is a love letter to the drag scene, and a tribute to the world immortalised by Paris Is Burning and Madonna's Vogue video in the late Eighties.

It's also a lot grittier than Vogue, but there's also a real joie de vivre and geniune spirit that makes this a great video for Promises. It's got authenticity, and there is a broad church of glamour on show: from the drag queens and voguers, to models including Winnie Harlow (who has the skin condition vitilago). And Sam Smith's pleasure in the whole situation is obvious, which takes things to another level.

From the drag queens and voguers personal stories at the beginning, the message of personal freedom of expression mixes with an array of dazzling images - crafted by three editors, no less - and there is certainly something of the George Michael video for Too Funky about the climactic catwalk set-up. George surely would have loved this. 
 
 

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Credits

Production/Creative

Director
Emil Nava
Producer
Maryann Tanedo
Production Company
Ammolite Inc
Executive Producer
Amy James
Production Manager
Rose Krane
1st AD
Everard Salomon

Camera

Director of Photography
Frank Mobilio
1st AC
Steve Doyle

Art

Art Director
Shane Richardson

Choreography

Choreographer
JaQuel Knight

Grading

Colourist
Aubrey Woodiwiss

Agent

Director's Representation

Commission

Commissioner
Mike O’Keefe
Label
Sony Music

Misc

Creative Director
Grace Pickering

Other credits

GAFFER Matthew Ardine

EDITOR Leo King, Ben Corfield, Ellie Johnson

EDITING COMPANY

POST PRODUCTION COMPANY

POST PRODUCER

VFX

CAST

Kia Benbow, Tresvon Harville, Donnell Ingram ,Carlos Irizarry , Hayley Law ,Eric Sanchez , Engels Santana,

OTHER CREW

Voguers

Kia Benbow, Tresvon Harville, Donnell Ingram, Carlos Irizarry, Hayley Law, Eric Sanchez, Engels Santana, Kevin Stea, Hassan Floyd, Isaiah Wilder, Dashaun Williams

Drag Queens

Jeremy Austin, Jacob Copp, Spencer Forrest Johnson, Luke Millington Drake, Loris Volke

Models

Paul Atkins, Alex Avila, Widney Bazile, Kayla Fitzgerald, Aria Hayes, Tiara Kelly, Mikaela Kreuzberger, Josephine Lee, Tatiana McGuire, Riya Thakkar, Cheyann Washington, Pierre David, Malcolm Robinson, Nathaniel Santos

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LOCATION

RELEASE DATE 04/09/2018

David Knight - 10th Sept 2018

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