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Sam Pilling’s Chaka Khan Video is an Ode to the Age of the Phone Booth

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Cinematic promo tells story of one night full of classic retro movie tropes

Sam Pilling’s Chaka Khan Video is an Ode to the Age of the Phone Booth
Chaka Khan kicks off her 2019 with a filmic new music video from award-winning director Sam Pilling through Pulse Films.

The year - 1973. The place - a public phone booth. Sam’s cinematic video for 'Hello Happiness' is an ode to an icon of the bygone era [the phone booth] and tells the story of a memorable night filled with nefarious characters and circumstances. 

Sam added: "The video is an homage to the unsung hero of ‘70s and ‘80s movies: the public phone booth.  

“Chaka Khan is a musical legend, and was undoubtedly the soundtrack to that era. As soon as I heard the song, I knew that I wanted the video to feel like it belonged to that period of time, complete with classic ‘70s movie tropes and characters, and a strong sense of vintage Americana.

“The song has such a great fusion between old and new, and I began thinking about the ways to build mini-narratives around a phone booth that felt both true to the era, and as relevant now as they were then. 

“Our video takes place over the course of one (very eventful) night in which we observe the colourful characters that come to the booth to make their call. Unfortunately for our characters, HAPPINESS is nowhere to be seen…" 
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Post Production / VFX

Colourist: Simon Bourne


Editor: Thomas Grove Carter

Production Company

Production Company: Pulse Films

Director: Sam Pilling

Producer: Sarah Park

DOP: Pat Scola

Executive Producer: Alli Maxwell, Rik Green

Production Designer: Quito Cooksey

Costume Designer: Derica Cole Washington

Directors Rep: Joceline Gabriel, Hands Ldn

Production Supervisor: Matthew Cheaton

1st AD: Joe Suarez

2nd AD: Chelsea Tummolo

Casting: Good People Casting, Esprit Casting / Davon Lavor

1st AC: Ivan Acero

2nd AC: Taylor Gilmartin

Clapper Loader: Marco Escobedo

Gaffer: Joel Marich

Spark: Best Boy Electric

Key Grip: Eddie Apodaca

Grip: Best Boy Grip

Props: Prop Master

Costume: Erica Holloway / Luke Langsdale / Jeannine H

Hair and Make Up: Jamie Richmond, Key Hair

Make Up: Zee Graham

Sound Mix: James Ersted

Location Manager: John Dilbeck

Stunt Co-ordinator: Joe Perez / Joseph Tessier / Omid Zader


Commissioner: Ailsa Robertson


Sound Engineer: Sam Ashwell

Genres: Music & Sound Design, People, Action, Storytelling

Categories: Music video, Short Films and Music Videos

Pulse Films, Mon, 14 Jan 2019 17:33:13 GMT