Najeeb Tarazi, formerly technical director at Pixar and director of impressive animated videos for Hippo Campus and Delta Heavy in the past year or so, now embraces live action with a graphic …
Nick Murphy 'Dangerous' by Najeeb Tarazi
What initially seemed to be a calm, serene take by Nick Murphy (fka Chet Faker) of his new single turns out to be a spectacular death-defying act, as the singer stands amidst a plethora of fireworks in Najeeb Tarazi's video for Dangerous.
The soothing blue hues of Murphy's close up expand to a whirlwind of red and gold sparks, revealed through this authentic one-shot take.
"Nick had this idea for a long, single shot where you pull out and slowly reveal that he's in the center of total chaos, inspired by 'firework fails' where people accidentally set off their entire stockpiles of fireworks all at once. The contrast of introspective music and pyrotechnic spectacle felt like it would add a dimension to the song.
"Because the song has a nostalgic, reflective quality, Nick and I got attached to the idea of playing with time and time reversal, which led us to a motif of time-reversed fireworks even as Nick sings in forward time.
"Nick did actually stand in that storm of fireworks and deliver the song – once the full blown show starts there is little to no compositing or VFX other than the obvious time reversed fireworks. Excited to share behind-the-scenes once it's ready."
|Focus Puller||Andrew Baxter|
|Production Company||Ghost Robot|
|Executive Producer||Zach Mortensen|
|Executive Producer||Mark De Pace|
|Production Manager||Jake Eisner|
|Director of Photography||David Vollrath|
|Director's Representation||Las Bandas Be Brave|
|Other credits||Moco Op: Paul Maples Moco Tech: Adam Francis Pyro Techs: John & Paul Eggett|
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