'COULD YOU PLEASE'
Directed by Ilan Lampl
Director of Photography : Ethan Lodge Producer : Rafael Ramirez Creative Director : Tommy Saint Gaffer : Nela Reslar 1st AC : Ollie Bingham 2nd AC : Harry Coleman 1st Assistant Director : Monica Georgieva Production Designer : Ellie Prudence Production Assistant : Luke Wright Drone Operator : Archie Baker + Harry Gallagher Photography : Archie Baker DIT : Sam Storey BTS Photos : Tom Russell VHS/Edit : Ilan Lampl Colour grader : Jessica Vile Dancers: W.A.R (We Ain't Regular) Driver: Zana May Opposition Car: Dreya Mac + Laqwarn Robinson
“CYP” offers a fresh perspective to the UK Hiphop music scene and a visceral audiovisual introductory experience to the world of Tommy Saint. The production of the song is based in dark trap, carrying with it an energetic bounce. The vocals offer unique rhythm and an infectious chorus that captivates. The lyrics were written as a way of silencing the petty noise with which we are often surrounded - it announces Saint’s feelings of freedom and makes it clear that he is not a character to be boxed. The cinematic experience that accompanies the track is made in collaboration with director Ilan Lampl, who brought flair and style to the production of the video. The track centres itself around the ability to do whatever one wants, pure freedom and a perfect message to begin the music collection of Tommy Saint.
KEY FRAME I
ENERGY — This frame shares a glimpse into the dynamism within the video. The performance of the artist as well as dance crew W.A.R. (We Ain’t Regular) offer the hype that gets viewers involved and excited, the crew were key in the collaborative process. The swagger and movements of the talent carry the viewer through with ease. This frame, along with others, was inspired by A$AP Rocky and Skepta’s “Praise The Lord” - this inspiration can be seen in the styling, location, and the attitude with which Tommy and WAR execute.
- Ilan Lampl, Director
KEY FRAME II
OBSERVANCE — This birds-eye view drone shot may be brief but its message ties back to one of the track’s main lyrical themes of restriction vs freedom. This frame, created to look like a police helicopter POV, serves as a reminder that in this day
and age we are all under surveillance, but some of us escape the watchful eye.
- Tommy Saint, Artist
KEY FRAME III
SPEED — Life moves pretty fast… the stylised light streaks are a recurrent theme throughout CYP, a visual representation of the texture of London nightlife. The stretching of the lights in the car-scenes lead to a dreamlike effect that blends the borders between reality and fiction.
— Ilan Lampl
KEY FRAME IV
FLAIR — The synchronised and tasteful dance moves from Tommy Saint and W.A.R bring depth to the strong progressions in the track and fuel the energy of the beat. Shooting slower and faster tracking shots for these takes allowed variety in the mood of this scene, as the performers could adjust their dancing styles + travel speed according to the tracking speed of the camera.
— Ilan Lampl
KEY FRAME V
DEFEAT - This shot shows a man vulnerable and defeated, swamped by a divine like presence.
- Tommy Saint
KEY FRAME VI
TRUST — The animated interactions from the performers only feel organic and honest, mainly because of the trust and experience between the collaborators. Prior to his music career, Tommy Saint was heavily involved in performance and worked with W.A.R on several occasions. The energy between the crew and Saint doesn’t falter throughout production and brings new presence to the UK Hiphop scene.
— Ilan Lampl
KEY FRAME VII
TRAPPED - This shot is taken from a part of the concluding sequence, in which the camera follows my frantic spirals. We see me looking around in a state of confusion, searching for answers, feeling trapped. The snorri-cam allowed us to get very close up, making this frame feel personal and intimate.
— Ilan Lampl