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Morphing House Takes a 'Hostage' in Brooding Promo for Billie Eilish

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Caviar director Henry Scholfield shoots minimalist music video for the American singer-songwriter

Morphing House Takes a 'Hostage' in Brooding Promo for Billie Eilish

Henry Scholfield’s latest work for singer Billie Eilish sees the Caviar director collaborate once again with Mosaert (Paul ‘Stromae’ Van and Luc Jr Tam) on the concept. The film sees Billie with a boy in a choreographic narrative of unrequited love in a minimalist space that ebbs, flows and eventually engulfs him.

Scholfield comments, “It’s a story of suffocating love, so we had this idea that the room itself is like an extension of Billie’s subconscious, an echo of her own emotions. Shivering in tender moments or lashing out in the pain of rejection and eventually conspiring to hold him hostage.”

The majority of the effects were captured for real, with a combination of in camera techniques and VFX where necessary. The director notes that, “It was important for us to have as much of the mechanics and movement of the space happen in camera in order to make the relationship between them and the space more tangible. Of course there was some ‘enhancement’ especially with the sinews that bind him at the end.”

In reference to Billie’s on-screen partner, Scholfield comments, “the dancer is an amazing young talent called Deyck. Not only is he an incredible dancer, but he could play mix of softness or earnestness to juxtapose with his natural masculinity.”

On Billie, he comments, “She has an incredible sense of self, great ideas and a confidence that lets her craft crazily compelling performances. She only admitted when pushed that she had also been a dancer and “done a little acting”. It was wonderful to collaborate with her... she’s wicked talented.”

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Record Label: Interscope

Post Production / VFX

2D Artist: Duncan Malcolm, Sacha Danjou, Leanne Pletersky, Richard Russell

2D Lead: Mark Harris

3D Artist: Matthew Fletcher, Alastair Hearsum, Quentin Corker-Marin, Roman Vrbovsky, Davide Uccellani, Aaron Smith, Zybrand Jacobs

Post producer: Duncan Buxton

Post Production Company: Glassworks


Colourist: Daniel De Vue

Production Company

Production Company: Caviar

DOP: Pau Castejon

Choreographer: Matty Peacock

Executive Producers: Katie Dolan & Kim Dellara

1st AD: Sam Perrin

Service Producer: Nicole Powell @ Spy Films

Production Design: Fernanda Guerrero

Art Direction: Paul Van Haver, Luc Junior Tam

Steadicam: Ozzie Silvera

Producer: Campbell Beaton


Commissioner: Michelle An @ Interscope, Alexa Dedlow @ Apple Music, Nathalie Besharat @ Apple Music


Editor: Paul O’reilly

Genres: Storytelling, Music & Sound Design, Music performance, People, In-camera effects, Visual VFX

Categories: Music video, Short Films and Music Videos

Caviar, Tue, 09 Oct 2018 15:43:58 GMT