Promonews - 8th Mar 2021

Raja Virdi directs another signature one-shot live performance video for his regular collaborator Holly Humberstone, this time for The Late Late Show With James Corden.

After previous their videos involving dramatic scenarios, in this one Holly is sitting in the middle of a road with her keyboard performing the song – until she's suddenly being carried off the tarmac and into the back of a people carrier by two unknown assailants... 


I suggested a low-mode Steadicam to handheld hand-off... I wasn't sure how possible it would be.

"Some of my favourite videos have come from the Holly Humberstone project. This live performance is no different. It was great to carry on the story that we've previously created around her music videos and her short performance film On The Run. I'm always looking to elevate my live performances and the inclusion of these storyline elements really enhances the visual. Holly is an undeniable talent and smashes the performance all whilst always singing and playing live.

"From a technical and shooting standpoint, I wanted the piece to feel more rough and raw when Holly gets grabbed and put into the vehicle, yet still have a smooth motion for the first two thirds. So I suggested a low-mode Steadicam to handheld hand-off - which seeing as I've not seen before, I wasn't sure how possible it would be. But huge props to my 1st AC Louis Vella for coming up with the solution and to my regular Steadi op Beau Pritchard-James for making it all seamless. It was lovely to share operating duties (in a complete one shot) with Beau after who knows how many shoots together.

"As always, a massive appreciation to my regular crew on this. My good friend and producer Joseph Goldman (and the entire production department), James Duffy who helped execute some beautiful lighting, Anthony Leung the live sound wizard, camera team; Louis, Charlie and Beau,. and my regular colourist Connor Coolbear at ETC for the gorgeous tones.

"Most of all, huge props to Holly for killing it on every take, and being a great collaborator and friend.”

PRO Credits


DirectorRaja Virdi
ProducerJoseph J Goldman
Production CompanyPHASE
Executive ProducerRaja Virdi
Production ManagerHugo Holford
1st ADCharlie Killick
Director of PhotographyRaja Virdi
Focus PullerLouis Vella
2nd ACCharlie Tierney
SteadicamBeau Pritchard James
GafferJames Duffy
WardrobeAmy Holden-Brown
Make-upEmma Regan
ColouristConnor Coolbear
Grading companyElectric Theatre Collective
Post ProducerOliver Whitworth
Director's RepresentationClaire Stubbs @ Mouthpiece
CommissionerJosh Sanger
LabelDeep End Management
Other creditsCreative: Josh Sanger, Raja Virdi & Holly Humberstone Production Assistants: Sam Mines, Lucine Canel Production Runners: Jonny Powell, Giulia Balsamo Production Driver: Tara Sadeghi Sparks: Joss Garnet-Lawson, Sam Crook Set Decorator: Jimmy Van Twest Musical Director: Steve Durham Sound Recording: Anthony Leung Sound Recording Assistant: Ricky Barber Sound Mixing: Lee Smith Action Vehicle / Driver: Craig Catering: Sweetness Catering Special Thanks: Procam & Platoon

Promonews - 8th Mar 2021

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