Sam Smith & Normani 'Dancing With A Stranger' by Vaughan Arnell
Legendary music video director Vaughan Arnell brings his absolute A-game to this collaboration between Sam Smith and future R&B pop queen Normani. It's a very classy, beautifully-crafted belter of a video.
Reflecting the sultry melancholy and brooding sexuality of the song Dancing With A Stranger, solitary Sam Smith is joined in his super modern house in the wintry countryside by ghosts - or holograms who come alive within and around him. It's a very Arnell-esque way to introduce the dancers that haunt Smith, evoking the classic Fastlove video for George Michael he directed with Anthea Benton in the mid-90s.
And then comes the explosively sexy Normani, whose combination of vocals and dance add a new dimension to the song and the video. You can't take your eyes off her. And although they never meet - appropriately considering the song - the production makes the two performers dovetail together perfectly. There's great work here by a whole team of people - including DoP Will Bex and Arnell's regular editor David Webb. A real treat.
|Production Company||Moxie Pictures|
|Director of Photography||Will Bex|
|Art Director||Amanda McArthur|
|Hair & Make-up||Michele Baylis|
|Editing company||Final Cut|
|Post production company||Absolute|
|Director's Representation||Marilou Bakkenist @ Moxie Pictures|
|Other credits||Location Manager: Martin Wady 2 nd AD: Albertine Selvik Runners: Bradley Boorman, Josey Jacobs, Dave Stocks. 2nd AC: Cristina Cretu DIT: Chris Nunn BTS: Josh Adams Stills: Maggie West Electrician: Ross Duffy & Paul Mulloy Desk Operator: Jonny Gaskell Art Director: Amanda McArthur Propman: George Clark & Alfie Fielding Stylist: Jonni Fitzgerald Wardrobe Assistant: Daisy Michie HMU Designer: Michele Baylis HMU: Jess Needham BG Cast Movement Director: Brendon Hansford Costume Assistant: Adam Winder For Normani: Choreographer’s Assistant: Khadijah MU Stylist: Grace Pae Hair Stylist: Ray Dodson Costume Stylist: Law Costume Assistant: Raeann Hayden Casting Director: Lesley Beastall Cast: Theo Maddix, Petra Hajduk, Ziggy, Lilith Luna, Shan Khan, Lee Bridgman|
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