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Justice 'Heavy Metal' by Filip Nilsson

David Knight - 17th Dec 2018

Filip Nilsson's brilliant video for Justice is a celebration of the pride of Norfolk, Virginia - the Norfolk State University's Spartan Legion marching band. That's a team of 220 musicians and dancers who have clearly revolutionised the university marching band tradition.

Starting with moody portraits of key figures in the band - before and after they don the uniform and gladitorial-style caps –Nilsson and cinematographer Steve Annis bestow them with a heroic stature. And that's even before their signature stomping performance blows us away. 

Firstly comes the street march, and then the piece de resistance: a performance by the whole band under lights on the NSU football field. And they really are playing Heavy Metal, from the Grammy-nominated album Woman Worldwide. Absolutely marvellous.

FILIP NILSSON:

"I came across a clip of this marching band from Norfolk in Virginia over a year ago. I immediately knew that these guys had something special and that wanted to make a music video with them one day. Months passed and then suddenly the 'Heavy Metal' track by Justice came my way. We contacted the the marching band leader, William Beathea, and it felt like we all knew at that point that we had to make this work. I wanted his marching band of 220 people to play the track as well as create a customised choreography. It was a very strong and emotional experience working with these musicians and dancers."

David Knight - 17th Dec 2018

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Credits

Production/Creative

Director
Filip Nilsson
Producer
Amy Vadnais
Production Company
Executive Producer
Dom Thomas
Executive Producer
Morgan Clement
Executive Producer
Justin Benoliel
Executive Producer
James Cunningham
1st AD
Jesse Brooks

Camera

Director of Photography
Steve Annis
Focus Puller
Austin Burnette
2nd AC
Brittany Smith

Editorial

Editor
Andreas Arvidsson

Grading

Colourist
Tom Poole
Colour grade company
Company 3

VFX

VFX
Yebin Ahn, Robert Bruce
Post production company
Blacksmith
Post Producer
Tina Chen

Agent

Director's Representation

Commission

Label
Because

Other credits

Sound

Sam Ashwell @ 750mph, London

NSU Spartan Legion director

William Beathea

NSU Spartan Legion Associate Director

Stephanie Sanders

Instructional Staff

Sebren Reed,

Arranger

Shawn Hall, Percussion

Dance Instructor

Eboni Young

Flag Instructor

Chanel Woods

Asst. Flag Instructor

Cynthia Buffington-Boone

Spartan Guard Instructor

Randy Caffee

Asst. Spartan Guard Instructor

Tavaris Edwards

Drill Maneuvers & Field Presentation

Timothy Hargrove

Dance Routine & Field Presentation

William Bynum

Drum Major Instructor

Calver Gilbert

Media

Kevin Harris,

Coordinaor & Editor; Jahkeem Grant,

Pictures

Chris Payne, Chris Spellman

Video Logistics & Equipment

Frederick Smith, Timothy Hargrove, Will James

Alumni Relations & Student Safety

George James, Woodrow Tab, Wendell Green

Uniform Management

Vedette Spellman

Announcer

Eric Johnson

David Knight - 17th Dec 2018

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