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The Weeknd 'After Hours' by Anton Tammi

Rob Ulitski - 9th Mar 2020

Anton Tammi directs a hallucinatory short film for The Weeknd, to promote upcoming album After Hours. 

This begins as if in the aftermath of that inventive appearance on The Late Show, with The Weeknd soaking up the applause of a chatshow audience, with a fake smile plastered across his face, hauntingly artificial and unusual. But after the rush and highs of performing, the rest of the world feels empty and lifeless, and this gradual realisation parallels the disappointment he feels with everyday life. 

Things take a turn for the surreal inside a subway station, where he is dragged and tossed around like a ragdoll by an unknown force. Representing the darker and more unpredictable side of his personality, this climax builds to a frenetic and mesmerising finale, full of Gaspar Noé-style edits and acid trip aesthetics. 

DoP Oliver Millar crafts the light in a way that plunges The Weeknd into shadow for the majority of the visual, mirroring the darker aspects of the concept and the artist's mindset. The smooth tracking shots at the beginning are counterpointed with intense whip-pans and frantic camera movement later on in the video, which helps match the pace of the concept alongside the cacophony of creepy sound effects. 

* NOTE: this video has an Epilepsy Warning *

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Anton Tammi
Sarah Park
Production Company
Executive Producer
Saskia Whinney
Executive Producer
Tim Nash
1st AD
Kenneth Arnold Taylor


Director of Photography
Oliver Millar


Art Director
Miranda Lorenz


Janne Vartia


Nicke Jacobsson


Post Producer
Alec Ernest

Other credits

Second Unit Camera

Devin Karringten

Sound Design

Akseli Soini

Additional Sound

Anton Ahlberg

Title Design

Aleksi Tammi


Tim Montana

3D & Animation

Oscar Böckerman


Zaina Miuccia, Joseph Kyle Bujard

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