Rob Ulitski - 24th Feb 2021

Melody Maker embraces a slick, cyberpunk aesthetic in her gripping promo for Mahalia's Jealous, featuring Rico Nasty. 

Invading a former lover's mansion, decked head to toe in futuristic styling, Mahalia isn't here to play games. Stalking the overtly neon blue environment, she glitches in and out of reality, joined by US-based rapper Rico Nasty, who terrorises the guy through different TV screens spotted around the house. 

A true feat, this is Mahalia as you've never seen her before, and no doubt one of her very best videos. DoP Olan Collardy embraces the future-tech concept, and switches up the angles and camera movement at every possible moment, mirroring the frenetic, dreamlike vibe. 

MELODY MAKER: 

I aimed to visually reference the movie Belly... with strong washes of colour and powerful contrasting production design.

"Working with Mahalia to create Jealous encompassed so many exciting and rewarding challenges for me. The opportunity to create a stunning and gripping piece was one myself and my crew relished.

"Bringing my vision to life was so much fun. I loved the lighting elements of the piece throughout. We used this element to grow the intrigue and suspense ultimately reaching a dramatic crescendo that works seamlessly with this incredible song.

"I aimed to visually reference Belly, a film that had always stuck with me from my youth, with strong washes of colour and powerful contrasting production design.

"I found the chance to touch on new technologies and their uses both intriguing and terrifying, I've always shown an interest in this but in all honesty I am slightly technophobic. Looking back I see elements of Psycho... maybe this was my underlying fears of the future creeping in.

"Finally, I loved being able to customise elements of the video towards such a talented artist, using her logo and number plate in various sections really personalised the video and left myself, my crew and hopefully Mahalia something we can look back on with immense pride and satisfaction."

PRO Credits

Credits

DirectorMelody Maker
ProducerGhandi El-Chamaa
Production CompanyCommon People Films
Executive ProducerRamy Dance
1st ADChris Malin
Director of PhotographyOlan Collardy
Focus PullerMarcus Albertsen
2nd ACJomar O'Meally
2nd unit directorRamy Dance
2nd Unit DoPArran Green
SteadicamMatt Alsop
GafferKieran Brown
Art DirectorLouis Simonon
WardrobeShaquille Williams
HairRio Sreedharan
Make-upMaha Alselami
EditorMeg Thorne
Editing companyThe Quarry
ColouristThomas Mangham
Grading companyThe Mill
VFXAlice Mccall
VFXShivam
CommissionerKim Jarrett
LabelAtlantic Records
Other credits2nd Unit AC: Joseph Edwards 2nd AD: James Matthew Read Sparks: Amarjeet Singh, Shaun Clarke, Johnjoe Besagni Trainee: Rob Gifford Art Assist: Tomomi Kishimotoeley Covid Supervisor/Medic: Adam Young Runners: Efosa Osaghae, Bertie Merch Cast: Demi Rox, Taitlyn Jaiy, Kaylee Jaiy Styling Dancers: Holly Rose HMU Dancers & Guy: Billie McKenzie & Rio Sreedharan Driver: Steve Oluwo US Rico Production & DOP: Spudds McKenzie Quarry Producer: Jenn Saunders Executive Producer, Colour: Charlie Morris Girl Artwork: Julia Salnikova Special Thanks To: Clarks The Baskerville Andrew And Rachel @Sereno

Rob Ulitski - 24th Feb 2021

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