My first ever film project! It only took since February, when, hearing my brother playing a beautiful tune, I Shazammed Thunder & Lightning and was mesmerized by it from the very first second!
I am forever grateful to Azedia for letting me use this song, in order to immortalise the most important part of my life with it. So…from the bottom of my heart…Thank you guys!! Life goes on 🙂
I don’t know if I should put it down to beginners’ luck or not, but I had THE most fantastic cast and crew on board! After weeks of stressful auditioning and weighing out my options, I ended up with a dream team! Despite the sad nature of the video, and despite the lack of sleep for two days, we were a surprisingly upbeat bunch! We ate, drank, laughed and worked, and got on like a perfect little family!
Russell Geoffrey Banks
Director and D.O.P : Joseph Gainsborough
Runner and Lighting: Martin Kloud
Producers: Aryan Ashoori and Elika Ashoori
Editor: Aryan Ashoori
Creative Director/ On-set Photographer: Maryam Mazraei
Screenwriter: Elika Ashoori
Time-Lapse Photography: Arman Farinnia
Colourist: Jack Kibbey Newman
Track: Thunder and Lightning
Album: Life Goes On
Special Thanks to:
Burgate Coffee House
The Black Griffin
Last but not Least:
I would like to give a special thanks to my brother Aryan, who was the wheels behind this production. Not only did he help me produce the majority of the project, he was also there as my runner, editor and extra on set! I can’t thank him enough for everything he’s done for me without sounding cheesy!
Inspiration behind the video
This video is about a girl who risks it all and loses herself for a man who fills in the visible gaps in her life, by studying her likes and dislikes, in order to mirror and own her. She throws away a relationship, which has lost its spark, and is lured in by the glistening promises of things she thinks matter the most…until what matters the most happens, and she realises, only too late, who was there for her the whole time.
This project reminds me of a quote from the book ‘The White Queen’ by Phillipa Gregory, where she says: “A man will always promise to do more than he can do, to a woman he cannot understand.”
The subject matter relates to many people out there who are victims of hasty promises of everlasting love, false hopes and misplaced priorities. It questions the lengths some people go to in order to make sure their immediate urges and desires of “forever” are met. How strong is a person’s sense of entitlement to ‘the here and now’ with no realistic thoughts for the future?
Who will be there for you in the end? Are the things that we think make someone special and worthy of being let into our sacred space, the things that truly matter in the long run? Have we got our priorities straight? Whom should you risk everything for? Someone who mirrors your hobbies, interests and happiness in order to become an extension of yourself so they can see a decent image of themselves in your reflection? Or should it be for someone who is there when that perfect image is shattered and reality kicks in? Someone who will share your sorrows, tragedies, shortcomings and is there to empathise without judgement or ulterior motives?
Love yourself and you will never let the wrong person in. If someone is meant to steal your heart, may you love yourself enough to give it up to the right person!
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