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HAMLET's Ludovic Gontrand Plays with Fire for Belgian Artist Blu Samu’s Music Video

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Director turns the artist into a human torch for ‘Turquoise’ promo

HAMLET's Ludovic Gontrand Plays with Fire for Belgian Artist Blu Samu’s Music Video

Belgian artist Blu Samu’s new EP ‘7’ is about acceptance of overwhelming emotions she identifies with, so for the music video for track ‘Turquoise’, HAMLET director Ludovic Gontrand turned her into a human torch - a visual representation of what feeling overwhelmed can look like.

The ‘Turquoise’ promo is set on a beach at night, but the bathers are acting like it’s the middle of the day…snoozing, reading. Just as in a typical beach image inspired by a Martin Parr photograph.  It’s also a nod to Blu Samu’s Portuguese roots, and childhood memories of spending long, hot Summers on the beach in Portugal.

We see Blu Samu as a human torch running through the crowd, with an almost spiritual energy, illuminating the space around her.  But it’s as if she’s invisible - not noticed by anyone - she’s then reborn in the healing powers of the ocean.

Everything was created in camera, so filming with fire had to be very skilfully planned, and it needed to be on a cold night. With only six stunt people and a maximum of 30 seconds permitted per fire stunt, there was no room for mistakes. So multiple cameras were used on set.

Ludovic Gontrand commented: "Blu Samu is great to work with, and there is a lot of feeling in her new EP, and is basically a way of accepting the overwhelming emotions carried in her heart. When she approached me to create a visual world around Turquoise, some of her key words stuck with me ; ‘Re-birth’, ‘New era’ and ‘Calm' ".

Blu Samu is signed to Animal 63 label.

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Artist Manager: Emmanuel Barron

Artist Manager : Bruno Grosso

Label manager: Lise Deglaire

Production company : HAMLET & Art Mineur

Director: Ludovic Gontrand

Director of Photography: Antoine Cormier

Producer: Clément Martorell

Stylist: Kevin Lanoy

Stylist: Anaïs Derderian

Set designer: Sylla Ferre

1st Assistant Director: Alexia Di Cioccio

Casting director: Naïs Graziani

Line producer: Barbara Victor Pujebet

Service company : Shot in Mars x Mino

Line Producer: Antoine Brusco

Executive producer: Julien Manunta

Executive producer: Yannis Cullaz

Service producer: Matthieu Berenguer

Production Coordinator: Lilou Ramain-Colom

Stunt coordinator: Oscar Casellas

Assistant stunt coordinator: Tom Pannetier

Fire stunt: Claire Valero

2nd Assistant Director: Ilona Tran

1st Camera Assistant: Maxime Lebas

2nd Camera Assistant: Lola Hume

Data Manager: Lucien Migne

Steadicamer: Anthony Tarente

Camera Intern: Joseph Cambau

Key Gaffer: Patrick Allard

Gaffer: François Garcia

Key Grip: Gaël Giraud

Grip: Philippe Barez

Grip : Guillaume Schmidt

Assistant set designer: Marius Guionnet

Assistant set designer: Wanda Buf

Assistant set designer: Colette Youinou

Stylist: Albane

Dresser: Elisa Gerad

Hair: Lorena Charmasson

Make up: Anaïs Maurette

Assistant Make up: Stéphanie Cappellini

Behind the Scene: Chloé Azodanloo

Stage photographer: Manon Renier

Assistant stage photographer: Rapaëlle Stavisky

Stage Manager: Davy Kopel

Stage Manager: Eva Janetti

Stager Manager: Sarah Bena

Stage Manager: Scander Bensaid

Casting : Angela Aru, Mahelys Beautes, Francine Frangini, Tigana Letombo, Océane Soundja, Samantha Chaher, Coragem Gomes, Curtis Taylor, Evelyne Hadijian, Fanette Paillard Rampal, Laurent Quintard, Malika Bourourou, Mamadou Ndoye, Paul Gouven, Rayane Alloun, Sophie Javayon, Yvon Glerant, Jessy Joheir, François Pasquier

Post Producer: Thomas Floch

Assistant post producer: Michelle

Editor: Ludovic Gontrand

Colorist: Anne Szymkowiak

Lead Flame: Clément Milot

Lab: CPC London

Graphic design: Marius Guionnet

Genres: Music performance

Categories: Music video, Short Films and Music Videos

Hamlet, Wed, 18 May 2022 08:58:28 GMT