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Thomas Ralph Crafts Striking Live Performance Video for Griff's Single 'Black Hole'

Caviar director takes over Hackney Church for the video showcase

Thomas Ralph Crafts Striking Live Performance Video for Griff's Single 'Black Hole'

Thomas Ralph has teamed up with Griff, the rising British pop star, to create a visually striking live performance video for her latest single ‘Black Hole’.

An instant dark-pop anthem, lyrically ‘Black Hole’ takes Griff further down the rabbit-hole of modern teenage life in her own, already-distinct style. The track premiered as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record in the World, and here we see Thomas utilise ground breaking technology against a stunning backdrop to showcase the artist, her style & match the lyrics & song in a fresh way.

Thomas adds: “The idea was to keep it simple yet absorbing; capturing the full live energy of Griff and her band in a way that felt more than your standard live session. We used an endless feeling VBx2 infinity wall to reflect the ‘Black Hole’ theme - a visual that was exciting and technically challenging due to its infancy - and a shifting day to night edit across two roughly similar full performances. Doing so allowed Griff and her band to take centre stage whilst their performance is inter-cut between natural daylight and a stylised look as if they’re inside a black hole. The icing on the cake was being the first band to perform and crew to film in the beautifully restored Hackney Church; you could almost smell the new paint. This was one of those rare projects where every turn and challenge the piece evolved for the better; unexpectedly shifting and shaping into something so simple, yet so mesmeric.”

Hailed by Vogue as “Multicultural, multi- hyphenated, and multi-talented... four walls can’t confine this utterly unique teenager”, “A phenomenon... the teenage boss about to take charge of pop” by NME and “Move over Dua Lipa, because Griff is well on her way to becoming the next face of British pop” by Elle, “A fierce and distinctive talent... perfection” by The Sunday Times; and currently A-Listed at Radio 1, the last few weeks alone have seen Griff shortlisted for the prestigious BBC Brit List, perform for MTV Music Meets Fashion Week, and after her perform live at the Tate Modern, 2021 marks Griff’s arrival amongst the big leagues of Pop.

Featured Companies: Cinelab London , CHEAT , STITCH London

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Production

Production Co: Caviar

Director: Thomas Ralph

Executive Producer: Daniella Manca

Producer: Lana Salfiti

Production Manager: Anna Horlick

DOP: Jordan Buck

Stedicam: Jake Whitehouse

1st AD: Ben Keswick

1st AC: Ali Baines

Runner: Giulia Balsamo

Production Runner: Izzy Petherbridge

2nd AC: Josh Tilley

Camera Trainee: Grace Pogonoski

Gaffer: Bill Rae Smith

Electrician: Marina Lewin / Chris Dumont

Trainee: Nonso Onwuta

Stylist: Kamran Rajput

Hair: Tomoni Roppongi

MUA: Chynara Kojoeva

Editor: Charlie Von Rotberg @ Stitch

Edit Producer: Angela Hart

Grade: Tim Smith @ Cheat

Grade: Producer Ray Okudzeto

Label: Warner Records UK

Commissioner: Dom Mckiernan

Film Lab

Film Lab: Cinelab London

Film Lab Commercials Producer: Aarti Mahtani

Film Lab Creative Director: Joce Capper

Category: Music video , Short Films and Music Videos