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Sam Fender 'Getting Started' (Director's Cut) by Brock Neal Roberts

Rob Ulitski - 26th May 2022

Brock Neal Roberts's new video for Sam Fender - his second for the South Shields singer-songwriter, after last year's MVA-nominated video for Seventeen Going Under - elevates an everyday story of teenage friendship with a clever visual device. 

In the video for Getting Started, we see four friends work their way down their tower block, picking each other up on the way as they prepare to head for a night out. And each stage is mainly presented as a three dimensional photo, the camera tracking through the boys as they are caught static, in the moment.

Brock has mainly used in-camera effects to create this sense of hyperreality, with the young actors freezing their bodies in a physical way rather than achieving the effect in post-production - identical twins were used to play the same characters, to bring the complex blocking to life.  Imaginative art direction assists to make this work, such as the spray of a deodorant can and smoke from a cigarette created with cotton wool.

Sam Fender's performance is the final piece of the jigsaw, walking through the same night-time streets, the unseen narrator of the boys' lives. In the Director's Cut we are featuring here, he is slightly more incidental to the action than in the official release. Ultimately, it is a charming and positive representation of youth and young male friendship.

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Rob Ulitski - 26th May 2022

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  • Director's cut
  • In-camera FX
  • Narrative
  • Pick of the Day
  • Rock
  • Youth
  • Friendship
  • Performance
  • Warped

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Credits

Production/Creative

Director
Brock Neal Roberts
Producer
Manoela Chaibai
Producer
George Telfer
Production Company
Executive Producer
Precious Mahaga
Executive Producer
Sana Khan
Production Manager
Smera Kumar
1st AD
Elle Lotherington
2nd AD
Rose Lucas
3rd AD
Rowan Hutchings
Runner AD
Franky Stone.
Pick Up Shoot Credits
Producer

Camera

Focus Puller
Barney Batchelor
2nd AC
Chris Starkey
Playback Op
Andrew Nigel Sandom

Lighting/Grip

Gaffer
Vini Curtis
Key Grip
Nick Teulon
Sparks
Joe Bradley, Shuan Witherup, Deepan Thavarajah

Art

Production designer
Louis Simonon
Design Assistants
Tom Omikish-Eley, Reuben Martindale

Wardrobe

Stylist
Holly MacDonald
Hair & Make-up
Kiloh Falby Clark
Stylist Assistant
Scarlett Gorey

Choreography

Choreographer
Katya Bourvis

Casting

Casting director
Bardha Krasniqi
CAST
Tiago Boeing, Gustavo Boeing, Joseph Junior, Taylor Junior, Michaell Henry, Nicholas Henry, Julien Westerling, Nicola Gossip

Editorial

Editor
Ed Cooper
Editing company
Assembly Rooms

Grading

Colourist
Richard Fearon

VFX

VFX
Black Kite Studios
Post production company
Black Kite Studios
Post Producer
Bruce Langfield
VFX Lead
Jack Stone
VFX Artists
Mark Stannard, Andrew Curtis

Agent

Director's Representation

Commission

Commissioner
Semera Khan
Label
Polydor

Rob Ulitski - 26th May 2022

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