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Director Denisha Anderson's Music Video for Artist Léa Sen Tells a Triptych Story

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Caviar director shoots 'Hyasynth' promo drawing inspiration from British artist Isaac Julian

Director Denisha Anderson's Music Video for Artist Léa Sen Tells a Triptych Story

Caviar's Denisha Anderson has teamed up with the London-based up and coming artist Léa Sen on her latest video Hyasynth — the debut single for which is out now via Partisan Records.

The 22-year-old singer, songwriter and producer has established herself as one of the capital’s most in-demand talents, flitting between gossamer vocal features for Joy Orbison to solo work that references everything from Bon Iver’s electronic timbre and folk guitars to Sampha’s impressionistic lyricism.

Speaking about her new single, Léa Sen says: “Hyasynth is about my journey from my home in Cergy in the outskirts of Paris to London. I had to accept all the past mistakes I’ve made back home that I couldn’t go back to. I had to accept and move on. In a way, I ran away from certain things. In another way I also made the first step into growing into the person I really wanted to be. Sometimes I feel like my past mistakes haunt me, that’s what I felt making this song. It’s about wanting to grow and handle life with more wisdom.”

The stunning video depicts these new beginnings via a series of triptych images where we see the artist move around her home, lighting incense sticks, doing her make up, and partying with friends. Despite the calm surroundings she never truly feels in the moment, though, something illustrated by the end of the video when Sen packs her suitcase and leaves. 

On making the video, Denisha states: “Drawing inspiration from British artist Isaac Julian, I knew a triptych would be a great concept for this song as I wanted to create a visual that demanded your attention over and over again. Being back with my dream team: my DoP, Set Designer, Stylist and Editor, immediately gave me the confidence to pull this off as they all were very clear in how I envisioned it and as always, the whole crew delivered in abundance.

"Every element of this video demanded a lot from each HOD: Firstly, the lighting I wanted was very specific, as it acts as an arc as we drift into different time periods throughout each scene. Followed by set design, I wanted to create a space with objects familiar with it still feeling surreal i.e being in the studio.

"Finally, the edit, the flow of each scene was integral and it was essentially three videos in one, whoopsie! Working with Léa was the icing on the cake, she was professional, a great performer and a warm character throughout the day and I feel so privileged to be a part of her new musical journey by having the opportunity to direct her first music video."

Léa adds: “Denisha came up with that idea of the triptych to express the complexity of my disconnect from my loved ones when I decided to leave for London a few years back. I thought it was just a brilliant idea and it turned out even more gorgeous than I expected. I’m also grateful for my friends that came on set and had a dance with me, it was exactly what I needed! 

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DIRECTOR: Denisha Anderson

PRODUCTION COMPANY: Caviar

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER : Sorcha Shepherd, Eleri Evans

PRODUCER: Eleri Evans

PRODUCTION MANAGER: Sachin Chande

1ST ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: Joe Mulvihill

RUNNER: Phoebe Mulvihill

DOP: Jed Darlington-Roberts

FOCUS PULLER: Stephen Ofori

2ND AC: Scarlett Gardner

TRAINEE/WRANGLER: Joe Rowe

GAFFER: Jorge Higgins

SPARK: Dax Sharkley

PRODUCTION DESIGNER: Rose Moya

ART DEPT. ASSISTANTS: Jade Rache, Emily Murayama

STYLIST: Britini Campbell

MUA : Sofia Paradis

CAST : Sarah Betts, Dechie Couston, Demae, Richie Seivwright

EDITOR : Menelik Simpson

GRADE : Electric Theatre Collective

COLOURIST : Ollie Thompson

LABEL : Partisan Records

Genres: Storytelling

Categories: Music video, Short Films and Music Videos

Caviar, Thu, 03 Feb 2022 15:28:00 GMT