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Lizzie Esau 'What If I Just Kept Driving' by Sel Maclean

Rob Ulitski - 7th July 2021

Sel Maclean directs a sensitive seaside-set promo for up-and-comer Lizzie Esau. 

Shot in and around Whitley Bay, the video mashes up understated performance vibes with snapshots of skatepark action, married together with light leak transitions and a sense of transcendent calm. 

The soft detail in the camerawork enhances the feeling of nostalgia and yearning, whilst Esau's performance lends a fittingly mellow energy to the concept.


The only issue we had was the seagulls stealing our lunches during takes.

"The idea behind the video was to make the visuals reflect the downbeat character of the lyrics while also trying to give a joyful sound of the music.

"We utilised strong summer imagery with a slightly urban feel that played to both levels of the song. The idea was to temper the seaside vibe with an urban element.

"We utilised a seaside skatepark which beautifully amalgamated these two characteristics, with it's backdrop of the sea. Alongside this, we used the sunrise but made this beautiful event feel quite sombre. This then reflected the contrasting emotions in the song.

"We had a skeleton crew but we managed to utilise the coast of Whitley Bay to get an array of locations. They were all within walking distance which helped keep the shoot relaxed and took pressure off the time constraints. The only issue we had was the seagulls stealing our lunches during takes!"

Rob Ulitski - 7th July 2021


  • Director's notes
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  • Skate Park
  • Skating
  • Performance
  • Calm
  • Transcendent

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Executive Producer
Nina Sebastiane
1st AD
George Woodhouse


Director of Photography
Lizzie Gilholme
Focus Puller
Chris T. Gibson


Hannah Whyte


Yin Yang Media

Other credits

Stills Photography

Victoria Wai

Rob Ulitski - 7th July 2021

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