Promonews - 27th Jan 2020

Romain Laurent’s mindbender for Grammy-nominated producer Tokimonsta (aka Jennifer Lee) and Atlanta hip-hop duo EarthGang's Fried In The Night explores the meaning of the songtitle through a enjoyably trippy combination of live action and visual effects. 

The French director brings his talent for standout post work - as found in videos for Their Names and Trevor Dickson, and lots of French ads - to a Psilocybin-fuelled house party, and creates a very psychedelic experience in the process. Firstly smoke bursts spontaneously from the bodies of Earthgang's Olu and WowGr8, then tropical forest colours bleed lusciously through each party scene, and on it goes. 

Micro-dosing this is not. But the hallucinations here are just great VFX - crafted expertly by Laurent himself - with no lasting side effects.

PRO Credits

Credits

DirectorRomain Laurent
ProducerChristina Jobe
Production CompanyOperator
Executive ProducerLewis Kunstler
Executive ProducerKathleen Heffernan
Executive ProducerLeah Younesi
Executive ProducerRhea Scott
Production ManagerMorgan Degroff
1st ADLexi Kirsch
Director of PhotographyPatrick Jones
Focus PullerRyan Sax
2nd ACCaitlin Brown
GafferNate Thompson
Art DirectorMatt Sokoler
WardrobeAlexis Bergens (Tokimonsta), Alanna Holton Rose (EarthGang)
HairNena Soulfly
Make-upFrancie Luxe
EditorAntony Langdon
ColouristDimitri Zola
Grading companyMPC
VFXRomain Laurent
Director's Rep (UK)BOLD
CommissionerDanna Takako
LabelYoung Art
Other creditsCGI: Clement Morin Illustration: Emmanuelle Walker Artificial Intelligence Illustration Transfer: Studio Phebe’s Cast: Jayson Aaron, Baby Lungs, Regina Biondo, Jonathan Burdine, Kayla Davila, Dominique Davis, Gaby Duran, Darius Goodwin, David Lee, Elizabeth Maria, Jordan Mccray, Asha Mosley, Ivana Nwokike, Jessica Nwokike, Cailyn Rice Robinson, Emmanuel Ricketts, Gabriel Perez Silva, Jeffery Weeks Director's reps: Ba Reps / Little Minx (USA); C'est La Vie/Solab (France); Bold (UK)

Promonews - 27th Jan 2020

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