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Obongjayar 'Try' by Spencer Young

Promonews - 9th Feb 2022

Spencer Young creates a rich display of vivid images to symbolise positive messages of joy, aspiration and strength in Obongjayar's Try. 

The director, who has recently signed to Hello Love, has created a series of portraits of the London-based Nigerian singer-songwriter for the first release from his upcoming debut album. Some of the most striking imagery shows Obongjayar and his brightly, regally dressed dancers standing still and strong - as if in defiance of Young's backdrop of evocative, billowing skies.

In contrast to a sense of imposing majesty, drive and ambition that is evoked in those moving still life portraits is the innocence of a young boy who observes Obangjayar on his TV. The boy provides the emotional heart of the video, dancing alone in a moving representation of joy, and then transported into the regal zone.

From a man waiting alone in the wings for a curtain call, to a young boy peeking out from behind the net curtains, the video touches on themes of isolation and perseverance as Obongjayar sings 'It's no guarantee our lives will change, but all we do is try'. 

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Credits

Production/Creative

Director
Spencer Young
Producer
Takiyah Blaize
Production Company
Executive Producer
Finn James
1st AD
Jack Green

Camera

Director of Photography
Alfred Thirolle
Focus Puller
Rich Savage
2nd AC
Jojo Bossman
Steadicam
Oliver Smith

Lighting/Grip

Gaffer
Leopold Naessens

Art

Art Director
Lauren Taylor

Wardrobe

Wardrobe
Bevan Agyemang
Make-up
Paige Whiting

Grading

Colourist
Jonny Thorpe
Colour grade company
Glassworks

Agent

Director's Representation

Commission

Commissioner
Theo Lalic
Label
September Records

Misc

Colour Producer
Andrew Patrick

Other credits

Runners

Ndella Longley, Emil Terry, Oscar Riley

Sparks

Anna Brooks, Ben DeSousa

Projection Technician

Fergus Kerr

Art Dept. Assist

Nicole Batterink, Ruby Hamilton

Stylist Assist

Yves Alawe

BTS Photographer

Glauco Canalis

BTS Film

Chandler Horsefield

Dancers

Salome Pressac, Divine Opare, Derrick Agyei-Dwumah

Child Dancer

Alexandre Assuncao

Special Thanks

Notting Hill Studios

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