Directed this newest music video for Dubstuy Records!
Producer Von D and artist Jahdan Blakkamoore express a political allegory for our times. The video was based on a concept and treatment created by Cyril Dosnon (creative director and illustrator for Dubstuy Records‘ releases). The original plan involved a MUCH longer table and a cast of 40 individuals, so we had to pair that down to make it feasible with the resources and short, week-long preproduction schedule we had available!
We created choreographed movements to form a “ritual dance” making the “crooks” less human and more like anonymous evildoers. There’s something about synchronized movement that can seem very eerie in certain contexts. My inspiration for the “dance” was the work of famed choreographer, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. Her work utilizes synchronicity and ordinary body language to express eerie feelings of grief, solitude, and introspection. Check out “Rosas Danst Rosas” for a good example of her work. On a related note, Beyonce’s music video “Countdown” heavily referenced moments of De Keersmaeker’s choerography throughout, featuring scenic elements from the dance film as well as iconic movements. A scene at 2:30 in the video is almost a mirror image of the film, and sparked controversy upon the music video’s premiere.
CUSTOM PROP CREATION
I added the cake design of the world map myself, using a detailed stencil technique to “print” the image with black sugar on the surface of the white cake. I don’t have too much experience with baking and I wasn’t going to risk learning how to bake a giant cake in a week for this project. So we purchased this pre-made cake as a simple white frosted block with the frills along the edges.
The challenge was to place the stencil on top of the cake surface without marring the smooth white frosting. For this I carefully outlined the entire perimeter of the cake with tooth picks (hidden by the frills of frosting) and then placed the stencil on top of that. The board that I used to cut out the stencil was light enough to sit on top of the toothpicks and firm enough so that it didn’t bow in the middle. If it had been made of flimsier material, then the center would have sunk and ruined the cake surface.
Music video by Von D feat. Jahdan Blakkamoore performing “Wicked Scam”
Director: Lee Milby
Creative Direction: Cyril Dosnon
Producer: Sharan Kukreja (Yellow Beanie Productions)
Art/Prop stylist: Cassaundra Franklin
Production Assistant: David Erde
Record Label: Dubstuy Records
Special Thanks: KSK Studios NYC, Cyril Dosnon, Yellow Beanie Productions
Cast: Mike Falco, Susan Kroll, Tom Martone, Joseph Maracina, Keith Mackler, Marc Thomas, Hassan Farrow, Allegra Ashton, Sindey Belle
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