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SMUGGLER's Nina Holmgren Crafts Own Distorted Visual Language in New Film for Justine Skye

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Guest-starring Bella Hadid and Lil’ Yachty, the film reflects communication through screens and self-obsession in the age of social media

SMUGGLER's Nina Holmgren Crafts Own Distorted Visual Language in New Film for Justine Skye
SMUGGLER filmmaker Nina Holmgren’s latest short film 'Intruded' for Justine Skye, guest-starring Bella Hadid and Lil’ Yachty, is a meticulously crafted and nuanced commentary on communication through screens and self-obsession in the age of social media. Influenced by the video art of Nam June Paik and the heightened music video aesthetic of the '90s, Nina crafted her own distorted visual language to explore distinctly modern themes through a retro futuristic lens. 

'Intruded' is the debut track off Justine Skye’s forthcoming album, 'Space & Time', produced by Timbaland. While the short film primarily features 'Intruded', it subtly teases two upcoming tracks off the album as well.

The voyeuristic video is set in a highly art directed surveillance room, complete with mini-DV cameras, computer monitors, cell phones, TV screens, and other familiar trappings of a technological past. The considered setting serves as a visual metaphor for the film’s overarching thesis, while also commenting on electronic waste. 

Through this collision of digital and analog, Nina has created a film that’s sensual and fashionable, ethereal and intentional, full of iconic and hypnotic imagery, further emphasised by Justine’s infused performance. She has brilliantly written and directed a stand-alone piece of video art worthy of gallery exhibition while simultaneously being the perfect companion piece to the track itself.  

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Production company: SMUGGLER

Director and Editor: Nina Holmgren

Starring: Justine Skye

Special Appearance by: Timbaland, Bella Hadid and Lil Yachty

Executive Producers: Patrick Milling-Smith, Brian Carmody, Elizabeth Doonan

Producer: Lucy Bradley

Creative Direction: E&E Creative

Director of Photography: Jeremy Balender

Production Designer: Max Randall

Stylist: Lauren Groves

Hair Stylist: Issac Poleon

Make-up: Esther Edeme

Movement Director: Saul Nash

SFX: Matter SFX

Production Supervisor: Gaaron Clarke

PA: Georgie Dale

1st AD: Daniel Smith

Focus Puller: Mark Gee

Clapper Loader: Kairo Jones

Steadicam: Jake Whitehouse

DIT: Luke Kneafsey

Graphic Design: Stefan Arnoldus

Graphics: Ralph Dennis

Grip: Daniel Essex

2nd Grip: Callum Hammett

Crane Tech: Adam Glow

Gaffer: Pete Bishop

Electricians: Matt Simmons, James Leech and Simona Pranulyte

Art Assistants: Georgia Fairman and Daniel Kinlock

Props Transport: Dimitri Topalov

Av Technician: Ben Redgrove

Stylist Assistant: Filippo Sandini

Hair Assistant: Muriel Cole

Make Up Assistant: Naythan Carlos

Supporting Cast: Albie Lewington

Videographers: Jolver Cutino and Christian Google

Runners: Rohan Reddy, Chimma Ezekiel, Arthur Studholme and Harry Whetton

Post production

VFX Artists: Erik Ferguson, Wirat Johannessen and Per Viggo Bergsvik

VFX Producer: Eirik Heldal, Appart

VFX Touch Up: B.ART

Colourist: John O'Riordan

Colour Producer: Tom Viney, Punderson Gardens

Post Supervisor: Pete Smith

Edit Assistant: Mikkel Stenild

Insert Editor: Luca Chapman

Online Edit: Cameo

Music and Sound

Sound Design: Philip Flindt

Sound Producer: Gregers Maersk Moeller, Ballad


Special Thanks To: @Mytheresa and @Esmaywagemans

Genres: Music performance

Categories: Short films, Short Films and Music Videos

SMUGGLER, Fri, 19 Feb 2021 15:27:55 GMT