Rob Ulitski - 1st Apr 2021

Tanu Muino directs a bold, innovative promo for Lil Nas X that has courted a whole heap of controversy - and not entirely for the reasons it intended. 

The video for Montero (Call Me By Your Name) is a tour de force of 3D art, larger than life set pieces and a truly mesmerising performance, and is presented with an important message of freedom from the trailblazing artist.

With it's huge CGI build and characterisation of Lil Nas in a number of roles, Muino has created an extraordinary fantasy world to showcase the artist's unapologetic attitude, with Paris-based Mathematic doing the heavy-lifting in terms of VFX work.

Nas starts on a journey, where he encounters various version of himself. Ultimately he descends from the heavens straight into Satan's lap, where he gives a sultry lapdance, all the while celebrating and embracing who he is - and blocking out the naysayers and haters.

The unintended controversy comes with the sequence of Nas's descent on a pole to Satan's lair, and its similarities to elements of FKA Twigs' Cellophane video by Andrew Thomas Huang. After a series of anguished posts on social media by Huang, Lil Nas X has now acknowledged the close similarity of the sequences in the two videos, in an Instagram post on March 30th, in which he describes Cellophane as a "masterpiece." 

i want to show love to @fkatwigs & @andrewthomashuang ! the “cellophane” visual is a masterpiece.i want to say thank u to twigs for calling me and informing me about the similarities between the two videos, as i was not aware they were so close. was only excited for the video to come out. i understand how hard you worked to bring this visual to life. you deserve so much more love and praise.

Credits

DirectorTanu Muino
ProducerMarco De Molina
Production CompanyUnderWonder Content
Executive ProducerFrank Borin
1st ADBraden Anderson
Focus PullerPergrin Jung
2nd ACVanessa Manlunas
VFXMathematic
Director's RepresentationUk Rep: Alexa Haywood @ Freeagent Uk
CommissionerSaul Levitz
Executive ProducerIvanna Borin
Director of PhotographyScott Cunningham
Production designerJohn Richoux
Other creditsLil Nas X Creative Director: Hodo Musa VTR: Ignacio Martinez Assoc. Producer: Roza March & Rain Zheng PM: Ashley Quarterman PC: Louis Del Guercio Art Director: Cristina Bidagor Tailor: Enrique Urbina Wardrobe Asst.: Asher Levine MakeUP: Anthony Nguyen Hairstylist: Evanie Frausto Hair Asst.: Samantha Lepre Head FX: Laney Chantak FX MakeUp Artists: Cat Paschen, Sasha Glasser, Miranda Jory FULL VFX TEAM: VFX Supervisor & Creative Director : Guillaume Cottet VFX Supervisor : Emeric Samier Producer & Owner : Guillaume Marien Executive Producer : Rebecca Rice

Rob Ulitski - 1st Apr 2021

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