Sam Pilling’s Chaka Khan Video is an Ode to the Age of the Phone Booth
Cinematic promo tells story of one night full of classic retro movie tropes
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…" view more - Creative
Post Production / VFX
Colourist: Simon Bourne
Editor: Thomas Grove Carter
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 VideosPulse Films, Mon, 14 Jan 2019 17:33:13 GMT