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Ed Sheeran 'Eyes Closed' by Mia Barnes

Rob Ulitski - 30th Mar 2023

Mia Barnes directs a heartfelt promo for Ed Sheeran's Eyes Closed - the first release from forthcoming album Subtract

Hanging out at a bar with only a few strangers for company, the video opens with Ed drinking away his sorrows, attempting to bury an unhappiness lurking within him. Before long, he begins to see a giant, fuzzy blue monster - a representation of the sadness that he carries around with him. And it starts to shadow him everywhere he goes. 

The portrayal of such emotions as a rather loveable furry creature perhaps suggests that when you hold onto negative emotions for so long, they almost become comfortable and familiar, adding a layer of meaning to the poignant visual. But of course it's also a very astute way of portraying a negative emotion within the recognisable Sheeran universe.

It's a true feat of visual effects, not only with the main monster design but for several other characters with their own emotional creatures, and Ed's stirring performance is the glue that binds the dreamlike, tender promo together. 

Rob Ulitski - 30th Mar 2023

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  • Pop
  • Performance
  • Monster
  • Sadness
  • Creature
  • VFX
  • Heartfelt

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Credits

Production/Creative

Director
Mia Barnes
Producer
Roisin Audrey Moloney
Service Producer
Ellen De Faux
Service Producer
Marii Stoltsen
Production Company
freenjoy
Service Company
LS Productions
1st AD
Rawdon de Fresnes

Camera

Director of Photography
Natasha Braier
Camera operator
Ossie Mclean

Lighting/Grip

Gaffer
Peter Taylor
Key Grip
Davey Logan

Art

Production designer
Sarah Asmail

Wardrobe

Stylist
Liberty Shaw
Stylist
Hillary Owen

Editorial

Editor
Chiao Chen
Sound design
Christian Stropko

Grading

Colourist
Dante Pasquinelli
Colour grade company

VFX

VFX Company
Mathematic

Commission

Commissioner
Dan Curwin
Label
Atlantic Records

Rob Ulitski - 30th Mar 2023

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