Rob Ulitski - 16th Nov 2020

Loyle Carner tells his life story in one take in the impressive video for Yesterday, directed by The Coyle-Larner Brothers - Ben Coyle-Larner, aka Loyle Carner, and his brother Ryan. 

The video presents a touching coming-of-age story that comes full circle, all in one continuous take. We see the baby become a music-obsessed boy, an increasingly digruntled youth - as he grows to understand the world around him - becoming creative and learning to speak out against political and social discrimination. Then he starts making music, and finally becomes the man holding the baby.

The beauty of the piece is how each element of the video works as it own world, even as the transitions occur seamlessly within a single Steadicam shot. It's ambitious and has been executed to perfection - and for that, Ben and Ryan engaged with the rapper's first love of theatre. They enlisted crew members from the West End, National Theatre and the stage team of Hamilton to bring their vision to life, to devise some ingenious set movements within a small space and a short amount of time.

The fact that the Loyle Carner Brothers have come up with such a strikingly accomplished video, exploring the creative connections between music video to musical theatre to make serious message, augurs very well for their future career as directors.

PRO Credits


DirectorThe Coyle-Larner Brothers
ProducerRosie Brear
Production CompanySpindle
Executive ProducerStitch Richardson / Greg Hackett
Executive ProducerGreg Hackett
Production ManagerFrankie Willcock
1st ADClara Paris
Director of PhotographyMolly Manning Walker
Focus PullerBarney Batchelor
2nd ACJonny Lewis
GafferBill Rae Smith
Art DirectorCharlotte King
WardrobeMikey Krzyzanowski
Make-upAaliyah Oke
EditorTim Swaby
Editing companySpindle
ColouristToby Tompkins
Grading companyCHEAT
Post production companyNo.8
Post ProducerBarny Wright
VFXAntonio Jimenez
CommissionerJames Hackett
LabelEMI Records
Other creditsStage Manager: Jason Golbourn Artist Manager: Tommo Greer Casting: Anna Kennedy Steadicam: Doug Walshe Grip: Adrian Greenfield Spark: Kit Wood / Ana Vilar

Rob Ulitski - 16th Nov 2020

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