Promonews - 8th Mar 2021

New pop hope Griff turns in a splendid live performance of Black Hole in Thomas Ralph's film shot at the newly restored Hackney Church. In the process it shifts from infinite darkness to space and light, and then back and forth between day and night.

Griff is initially seen against total blackness - actually a black infinity wall that is revealed as such when the camera moves outwards to reveal the location and the teenage singer's fellow musicians. Then the church is revealed and a sense of space and light streaming from a giant stained glass window is a real mood-lifter.

Most importantly of all, Griff reveals herself as a genuinely exciting talent with a great version of this excellent song.

THOMAS RALPH:

This was one of those rare projects where every turn and challenge the piece evolved for the better.

“The idea was to keep it simple yet absorbing; capturing the full live energy of Griff and her band in a way that felt more than your standard live session.

"We used an endless feeling VBx2 infinity wall to reflect the ‘Black Hole’ theme - a visual that was exciting and technically challenging due to its infancy - and a shifting day-to-night edit across two roughly similar full performances. Doing so allowed Griff and her band to take centre stage whilst their performance is inter-cut between natural daylight and a stylised look as if they’re inside a black hole.

"The icing on the cake was being the first band to perform and crew to film in the beautifully restored Hackney Church; you could almost smell the new paint. This was one of those rare projects where every turn and challenge the piece evolved for the better; unexpectedly shifting and shaping into something so simple, yet so mesmeric.”

PRO Credits

Credits

DirectorThomas Ralph
ProducerLana Salfiti
Production CompanyCaviar
Executive ProducerDaniella Manca
Production ManagerAnna Horlick
Director of PhotographyJordan Buck
SteadicamJake Whitehouse
1st ADBen Keswick
1st ACAli Baines
2nd ACJosh Tilley
GafferBill Rae Smith
StylistKamran Rajput
HairTomoni Roppongi
Make-upChynara Kojoeva
EditorCharlie Von Rotberg
Editing companyHomespun
Edit ProducerAngela Hart
ColouristTim Smith
Grading companyCHEAT
Grade ProducerRay Okudzeto
CommissionerDom Mckiernan
LabelWarner Records
Film LaboratoryCinelab Film and Digital
Other creditsRunner - Giulia Balsamo Production Runner - Izzy Petherbridge Camera Trainee - Grace Pogonoski Electrician - Marina Lewin, Chris Dumont Trainee - Nonso Onwuta

Promonews - 8th Mar 2021

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