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Novelist 'Calm' by Ehsan

Rob Ulitski - 21st Jan 2021

Novelist is unphased by the drama circling around him, in Ehsan's fiery promo for Calm. 

Shot last year and released to coincide with the grime star's 24th birthday, the hypnotic visual uses burning film overlays and erratic editing to convey a growing sense of drama and suspense as Novelist casually walks the nighttime streets of London. Ehsan intercuts Novelist's unruffled presence with cutaways of curious, and increasingly anxious bystanders, aware that something big is about to ignite. 

It's a mesmerising visual, elevated by the artist's confident performance, DoP James Henry's camerawork, and Ehsan's fusion of gritty reality with otherworldly elements. A very different beast to the director's comedic video for Unknown P's Piers Morgan, released late last last year, but just as impressive.

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Rob Ulitski - 21st Jan 2021

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  • Performance
  • Surreal
  • Grime
  • Estate
  • Hypnotic

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Credits

Production/Creative

Director
Ehsan
Producer
Nicole Powell
Producer
Rosie Litterick
Production Company
Executive Producer
1st AD
Jack Green

Camera

Director of Photography
James Henry

Art

Art Director
Bobbie Cousins

Wardrobe

Wardrobe
Jay Duong

Editorial

Editor
Lucian Barnard
Editor
Brendan Jenkins

Grading

Colourist
Jonny Thorpe
Colour grade company
Glassworks

Misc

Movi Operator
Ken Sheif

Other credits

Sound Design

750mph

Production Assistants

Sean Verrall. Kristina Kašparová

Rob Ulitski - 21st Jan 2021

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