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Kojaque 'Coming Up' by Henry Dean

Rob Ulitski - 10th Dec 2020

Kojaque takes a wide-eyed journey through a pulsating neon nightmare in Henry Dean's hypnotic promo for Coming Up. 

Anchored by an outstanding performance from the artist, the cinematic video captures the angst and urgency of the titular experience and throws it right back in your face - it’s a visual feast that intrigues at every turn.

Opening with an injured Kojaque bleeding out onto the backseat of a car, the film is a manic recollection of a drug-fuelled trip, and full of unexpected twists and turns.

HENRY DEAN:

Eventually we landed on this wide-eyed ride through a pulsating neon hell.

"As soon as this brief landed in my inbox, I knew it would be one for me. After delving into Kojaque’s music and getting a glimpse of the visual world he’s created for himself so far, it was clear this would be a chance to collaborate with an artist who respects the craft and embraces outside-the-box-ideas.

"Some lofty concepts were discussed - including a one-shot video that involved catching a drone in a car and throwing it off a roof. But eventually we landed on this wide-eyed ride through a pulsating neon hell. Keeping our carousel of cinematic references at the forefront, we made a video that hopes to capture all the urgency, angst and relentlessness of Coming Up."

RYAN MORGAN (HEAD OF MUSIC VIDEOS, FAMILIA)

"Henry's done an incredible job creating a cinematic pick 'n mix for the eyes. But why should we be the ones to comment, when the people of YouTube have done such a stellar job for us...
From YT user A*********y: 'How do I get this to auto repeat on my eyeballs'
And, from M********n: 'Absolutely violently ill.'

...Couldn't have said it better ourselves."

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Rob Ulitski - 10th Dec 2020

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  • Director's notes
  • Narrative
  • Surreal
  • Alternative
  • Pop
  • Drugs
  • Drug Trip
  • Into The Void

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Credits

Production/Creative

Director
Henry Dean
Producer
Xiaoxuan Zhu
Production Company
Executive Producer
Toby Walsham

Camera

Director of Photography
Donny Johnson
Focus Puller
Darius Williams

Lighting/Grip

Gaffer
Fionn Hutton

Wardrobe

Wardrobe
Alice Abbey-ryah, Calvin How
Wardrobe
Calvin How
Hair & Make-up
Ciara Macdonald

Editorial

Editor
Leah Burton
Editing company

Grading

Colourist
Megan Lee
Colour grade company
The Mill

Agent

Director's Representation

Commission

Commissioner
Stephen Ellis
Label
Soft Boy Records, Pias
Label
PIAS

Misc

Head of Music Video
Ryan Morgan

Other credits

Production Assistant

Emma Stevens Broyd

BTS

Imogen Ogden

Cast

Jake Garrett, Shun Yin, Sophie Poteratchi, Lucy Andrews

Action Vehicle

Pete Valente

Edit Producer

Nikki Porter

Colour Producer

Charlie Morris

Titles

Oscar Torrans

Artist Management

James O’Donohoe, Helen Kennedy @ Red Light Management

Special Thanks To Oliver Stevenson And God's Own Junkyard.

Rob Ulitski - 10th Dec 2020

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