Promonews - 12th Aug 2020

Basak Erol pulls out all the stops for Nothing But Thieves' Real Love Song, creating an epic fantasy around the heartache and turmoil that surrounds love and sex in the modern world.

The live action story of a love triangle is given a dreamlike hue in lurid neon, intercut with the band's equally dreamlike studio performance. Then the imaginations and frustrations of the protagonists are given free rein as they become animated versions of themselves in an alternate dimension.

Erol utlised her own skills as a 3D animator, and also collaborated on the 2D animation with hugely talented illustrator and animator Raman Djafari. The end result is a breathless whirlwind to match the band's latest emotional piledriver. 


It's about love... the painful and unrequited kind. 

“We wanted to make a narrative video with performance woven into it. It’s a video about love, but not an idyllic one we are used to seeing on the screens. It is rather a dark and ironic love as the track’s lyrics refer to it as “Feral” and “Dirty”. Quite miserable, the painful and unrequited kind.

"It’s the surreal story of three characters seeking for love in the wrong places. A different perspective to relationships in the digital age with themes of confusion and losing the grip of reality on what’s real and what’s not, and the darkness it brings into our lives.

"Working with Nothing but Thieves and Sony Music/RCA Records was an absolute pleasure, and the whole production team, from crew on set to animation and post-production worked incredibly hard to bring these ideas to life. I feel lucky to have worked alongside a dream team of passionate people who brought so much craft into it. We were all excited about the project, supported one another and powered through it."

PRO Credits


DirectorBasak Erol
ProducerEleri Evans
Production CompanyBlink
Executive ProducerLaura Northover
Production ManagerEolande Diaz
1st ADClara Paris
2nd ADCharlotte Miller
Director of PhotographyBen Todd
Focus PullerDan West
2nd ACCharlotte Miller
2nd ACLily Taylor
SteadicamJake Whitehouse
GafferHélio Ribeiro
Art DirectorZoe Klinck
Art DirectorTea Mulabdic
Art DirectorAaron Hackett
WardrobeTaff Williamson
WardrobePia Woodvine
Make-upBillie Mckenzie
IllustratorRaman Djafari
3D AnimatorBasak Erol
Lead AnimatorRaman Djafari
Lead AnimatorAndrew Clarke
EditorMax Windows
Editing companyHomespun
ColouristRichard Fearon
Post production companyBlack Kite Studios
Post ProducerTamara Mennell
VFXJack Stone
CommissionerMichael Lewin
LabelSony Music
Other creditsRunners: Kitty Rajakulasingam, Reece Gibbins DIT: Matt Hicks Electricians: Matt Simmons, James Leech Trainee: Nela Resler Medic: Mick Leeming Edit Producer: Angela Hart Animators: Irene Corral, Ucman Balaban Lead Compositor: Tom Fisher Compositor: Kemane Ba Casting: Coralie Rose @ Road Casting Cast: Chucho Ajene (Sam), Felicity Dunstan (Maddy), Isabella Gallego (Gloria)

Promonews - 12th Aug 2020

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