Andrew Thomas Huang guides us through the making of his Grammy-nominated music video.
When FKA twigs unleashed ‘Cellophane’ upon the world, she made it clear that how the song looked was just as important as how it sounded. “When I wrote cellophane over a year ago a visual narrative came to me immediately”, she said in a statement from last year. “I knew I had to learn how to pole-dance to bring it to life, and so that’s what I did.”
An infinite pole dancing pole, a sphinx with twigs’ face and a womb-like, subterranean cavern of red clay are just some of the images Andrew Thomas Huang’s jaw-dropping, Grammy-nominated visual accompaniment burned into our collective psyche, making up a self-contained dreamscape within which the song and the surreal imagery coalesce into a singular, soaring vision.
To kick off the second week of his FACT residency, Huang guides us through the making of ‘Cellophane’, demonstrating how a combination of live choreography, intricate CG design, puppetry and practical effects came together in a masterpiece of contemporary world-building.
By showing the working behind his process, Huang once again establishes his practice as in part a continued exploration of hybridity and synthesis, blending live action and visual effects to bring FKA twigs’ visual narrative to life.
FKA twigs – ‘Cellophane’ Credits:
Director: Andrew Thomas Huang
Production Company: Object & Animal
Exec. Producer: Morgan Clement & Dom Thomas
Producer: Alex Chamberlain
Local Production: Radioaktive Film
Stylist: Matthew Josephs & Ed Marler
Hair: Virginie P. Moreira
Make-up Artist & Mask Design: Kabuki
Cinematography: Daniel Fernández Abelló
Choreography: Kelly Yvonne
Production Design: Fiona Crombie
Featuring: Efua Baker
Visual Effects by: Analog
Editor: Andrew Thomas Huang
Sound: Ben Tomastik @ Lime
Grade: Aubrey Woodiwiss @ Carbon