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Tashan 'Oprah' by Samuel Douek

Rob Ulitski - 28th Feb 2022

Samuel Douek directs a cinematic performance promo for Tashan. 

In the video for Oprah, Tashan faces off ‘The Bad Guy’ in an all-or-nothing, high-stakes astrological poker game. She puts her fate in the hands of the deity Aquarius when betting it all, securing her inevitable victory.

"It was an amazing experience getting to direct this music video," says Douek. "The song is about being a bad-ass bitch - inspired by the eponymous TV personality - and that natural stardom is something the artist emanates. The aesthetic for the film was inspired by Tashan’s Swiss and Indian heritage and transports us to a surreal future where amber skies tower over cyber cities."

The rich colour palettes and inspired art direction help bring the concept to life, and the setups are  seamlessly integrated through clever visual effects work. 

"The VFX were created by the amazing Felix Geen to move between the reality of the poker game and the metaphorical fantasy of intergalactic travel," continues Douek. 

"We managed to pull off a really ambitious shoot with an incredibly talented crew. From the creative director Anita Chibba (Diet Paratha) to the art director Furmaan Ahmed and stylist Sachin Gogna, we were able to pay tribute to Tashan’s heritage with a crew made up predominantly of South Asian HODs in an authentic way whilst catapulting the film into an otherworldly future."

 

Rob Ulitski - 28th Feb 2022

Tags

  • Pop
  • Poker
  • Astrological
  • Oprah
  • aesthetic
  • Performance
  • VFX

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Credits

Production/Creative

Director
Samuel Douek
Producer
Frankie Willcock
Production Company
CAMP
Executive Producer
Francesca Woods
Production Manager
Asia Ahmed
1st AD
Alasdair Copland
Production Assistant
Siniša Černy, Runners

Camera

Director of Photography
Deon Van Zyl
Focus Puller
Justin McGillivray
2nd AC
Cameron Sealby
Steadicam
Beau Pritchard-James
BTS Stills
Abbey Monteiro, BTS Video

Lighting/Grip

Gaffer
Leo Olesker
Electricians
Cleo Vogler, Daniel Mathieu, Yeh Htoo Love

Art

Production designer
Furmann Ahmed
Art Director
Furmann Ahmed
Art Director
Anita Chibba
1st Assistant
Scarlett David-Grey, 2nd Assistant

Wardrobe

Stylist
Sachin Gogna
Wardrobe
Sarah Mccormack
Wardrobe
Shanice Francis
Hair
Shamara Roper
Make-up
Simmi Virdee
Hair Assistant
Donica Campbell, Styling Assistant

Casting

Cast
Ash Sahota, Sereeta Venkanah, Saviour Anosike, Munya Muvami

Editorial

Editor
Samuel Douek
Editing company
CAMP

VFX

VFX
Felix Geen
VFX
Joshua Eiffel
Additional 3D
Natalya Bashnyak, Card Deck Design

Agent

Director's Representation
Alexa Haywood @ Freeagent

Commission

Commissioner
Alexa Wittkugel
Label
Warner Music Germany
Management
Yanik Stebler @ NoHook GMBH, Marketing Manager

Rob Ulitski - 28th Feb 2022

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