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Wu-Tang Clan Goes to Extreme Lengths to Collaborate with Texas in Uplifting Music Video

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SMUGGLER director Fenn O’Meally injects her trademark style, humour and effortless charisma in the clever split narrative
Wu-Tang Clan Goes to Extreme Lengths to Collaborate with Texas in Uplifting Music Video
Writer and director Fenn O’Meally’s latest music video 'Hi', for Texas and the Wu-Tang Clan, stars Kadeem Ramsay - known for his recurring role in 'Top Boy' and the forthcoming Steve McQueen anthology 'Small Axe' - as Myles, an obsessive Texas and Wu-Tang fan.

After seeing a joint performance at the 1998 Brit Awards, Myles has spent the last 15 years collecting merchandise and memorabilia of the two whilst plotting ways to bring this monumental collaboration back. In the film, we follow Myles’ obsession with the ultimate music collaboration and his hope that they will, one day, reunite.


Lensed by Molly Manning Walker, Fenn injects her trademark style, humour and effortless charisma, while employing a clever split narrative. Throughout the video, we intercut between the two storylines; Myles in his apartment obsessing over the two artists, and Myles speeding through the countryside, ending in the revealing finale. We learn Myles has kidnapped Sharleen of Texas (don’t worry; it’s all in good fun), lets her out of the trunk and the two smoke a spliff and FaceTime with the RZA, ensuring the reunion.

The music video represents an exciting step forward in Fenn’s journey as a filmmaker. She demonstrates proficiency as a visual storyteller, while also emerging as an actor’s director, giving Ramsey’s character of Myles true depth. Conceived of as a short film rather than a music video, her assured focus on narrative elevates this piece into a select company within the genre. While the film has an observational, fly-on-the-wall feel, it’s supremely intentional from it’s framing, to the hyper-specific production design. All of her directorial decisions are soundly in-service of the story, creating a tone that's simultaneously reminiscent yet modern.


“This piece for me marks such a landmark in my career." commented Fenn. "Being able to be a part of two legendary artist’s stories whilst casting someone who is a legend in the making as the lead, Kadeem Ramsey, was and is such a blessing. When I wrote this story I had a very specific character in mind - to say Kadeem bought that character to life is an understatement. I am forever thankful to everyone who contributed to this piece and made it what it is, Molly, Max, Elizabeth, Emma, Des, Jamz, Stephen...I could go on. Everyone involved bossed it. “

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Client

Client: Texas ft. Wu-Tang Clan

Starring: Kadeem Ramsay

Production

Production Company: SMUGGLER

Director: Fenn O'Meally

Executive Producer: Elizabeth Doonan

Producer: Emma Wellbelove

1st AD: Steven Eniraiyetan

Cinematographer: Molly Manning Walker

Art Director: Max Randall

Costume Design: Natalie Roar

Editor: Charlie Von Rotberg, Homespun

Commissioner: Lisa Foo

Label: BMG

Directors rep: OB Management

Edit assistant: Luke Anderson

Production Manager: Gaaron Clarke

Location Manager: Jonathan Church

Steadicam: Matt Allsop

Gaffer: Bill Rae Smith

Electrician: Ana Krkjus

Electrician: John Letsinger

1st AC: Jerry Pradon

1st AC (B Cam): Eve Carenno

Loader: Ines Duarte

Camera Trainee: Joana Magalhaes

Key Grip: Pete Olney

2nd Grip: Dave Rist

BTS: Chad McLeann

Titles: Ralph Dennis & Tal

Sound Recordist: Emanuele Costantini

Tracking Vehicle driver: James Herring

Crane Tech: Sam Graysmark

Head Tech: Lawrence Bewsher

Picture Vehicle Owner: Howard Francis

Stunt Driver: Andy Godbold

Art Assistant: Steph Pollard

Props Transport: Dimitri Topalov

Wardrobe Assist: Emmanouela

Hair and Makeup: Aaliyah Oke

Production Runner: Georgina Dale

Runner: Rohan Reddy, Tanaka Chigwanda and Joshua Ojo

Production Van Driver: Gary Mavor

Medic: Keith Young

Post-production

Colourist: Joseph Bicknell, Company 3

VFX: Electric Theatre Company

Sound designer: Raphaël Ajuelos

Photography

Stills photographer: Fenn O’Meally

THANKS to: Kodak, Panavision, Pilot Lighting, Company 3 and ETC

Genres: Music performance, Comedy, People, Storytelling

Categories: Music video, Short Films and Music Videos

SMUGGLER, Tue, 01 Dec 2020 12:45:30 GMT