Promonews - 18th Jan 2021

Nathan James Tettey channels a powerful grime superhero concept in his video for Ghetts' team-up with Stormzy on Skengman - with a little help from RUFFMERCY.

Tettey weaves the charismatic performance of the two artists - with Ghetts in his Ghetto persona - into a narrative of stylised violence and retribution, delivered in a stark monochromatic vision akin to the darkest of superhero action movies, or Frank Miller's Sin City series.

Cameo appearances by D Double E, Mist, Shaybo, and martial artist Michael 'Venom' Page also contribute to the idea of an alternative league of superheroes emerging on dangerous streets to protect the city - and this is sealed by a wonderful edit by Ollie Paxton, and work by the VFX team at Untold Studios. 

The final graphic flourish by the inimitable Russ Murphy aka RUFFMERCY completes the job. Having won an UKMVA for the video for Ghetts' Mozambique, his contribution on the third video for the rapper's highly anticipated new album Conflict Of Interest adds an understated element of comicbook-style fantasy to what is an already very strong piece. Sets the bar high on marquee grime videos for the coming year.

PRO Credits

Credits

DirectorNathan James Tettey
ProducerNkem Egbuchiri
Production CompanyUntold Studios
Executive ProducerAnnie Ayres
1st ADLuke Goodrich
Director of PhotographySam Meyer
Focus PullerLloyd Cook
2nd ACElisa Spigariol
SteadicamWill Lyte
GafferJake Buckley
Art DirectorJakob Gierse
WardrobeHolly MacDonald
Make-upLucinda Worth
AnimatorRUFFMERCY
EditorOllie Paxton
ColouristYoomin Lee
Post production companyUntold Studios
Post ProducerGeorge Reid
VFXAhmed El-azma
VFXTom Humphrey
VFXAlex Grey
VFXBenoit Paya
CommissionerNathan James Tettey
Other creditsCreative Consultant - Ashley Defoe Assistant Producer - Freddie Barrass Production Assistants -Tia Varnnard & Cheyenne Enninful 2nd AD - Giulia Balsamo 3rd AD - David Oamoah Runner - Nana Quartey, Edward Lloyd Sparks - Tom Parkinson, Leopold Naessens, Mantas Veteikis Assistant Art Director - Joseph Baaklini, Clem Linieres Casting Director - Ola Christian - LEVILE Action Coordinator - Ronin Traynor Stunt Performer - Kiefer Bryson Stunt Performer - Dita Tantang Dancers - Ice, Silk Assistant Stylist - Mh’ya McClean, Frankie Noller Seamstress - Sinead Gorey Shoot Supervisor - ​Ahmed El-Azma Illustrator - Maxwell A. Oginni BTS - Saoud Khalaf, Destiny Karakus Stills - Kojo Dwimoh, Charlie Sarsfield

Promonews - 18th Jan 2021

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