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RAYE 'Genesis' by Otis Dominique, RAYE

Rob Ulitski - 13th June 2024

Otis Dominique and RAYE continue their standout collaborative streak with this dazzling seven-minute epic for Genesis. 

It's a video of two parts - the first five minutes are a darkly conceptual, twisty ride through societal woes, fear and depression. The final two minutes are the antithesis of this, exuding hope, light and love. 

Shot across a week, the video is hugely ambitious, with a blockbuster sense of scale and an infectious mix of choreography, performance and conceptual vignettes. DoP David Wright responds brilliantly to the complexity of Dominique and RAYE's brief, with cinematography that spans from darkly cinematic to mock-TV ad colourful  to off-the cuff doc style.

Written by Dominique, RAYE and her creative director Mikey Robbins, it's a momentous visual - one of the biggest of the year so far. 

“It's always special when me, RAYE and Mikey link up but feel we went to a different, different level with this one!" Dominique says, justifiably.

"It feels surreal that it’s actually out in the world now and people can take it in. We shot the video across seven days and the whole crew and team were phenomenal too and I’m honoured to have met and worked with so many great people throughout this project. It’s hard to sum up in few words but hopefully the film and music can do the talking for now 🖤”

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Rob Ulitski - 13th June 2024

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  • Pop
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Credits

Production/Creative

Director
RAYE
Director
Otis Dominique
Producer
Andre Wooz
Producer
Liz Adeleye
Production Company
Executive Producer
Nathan Killham
Production Manager
Dante Roberts
1st AD
Ty Hack
Production Coordinator
Scarlet Green
Production Assistant
Cerys Kenneally

Camera

Director of Photography
Focus Puller
Hopi Demattio
Focus Puller
Paul Snell
Focus Puller
Adam Fox
2nd AC
Apolo Wilson
Steadicam
Josh Brooks

Lighting/Grip

Gaffer
Riaz Ahmed
Key Grip
Grant Rowe
Key Grip
Paul Mammone

Art

Production designer
Jaclyn Pappalardo

Choreography

Choreographer
Maureen Moores
Choreographer
Sadeck Berrabah

Editorial

Editor
Phoebe May

Grading

Colourist
Marty McMullan
Colourist
Jonny Tully
Colourist
Stef Colosi

VFX

VFX
Tk-fx
Post Producer
Johan Barrios

Agent

Director's Representation

Misc

2nd Unit DoP
Sam Meyer

Rob Ulitski - 13th June 2024

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