You’ve seen the director’s work before, and after the Stormzy “Vossi Bop” video, you’ll be seeing much more of it.
The Stormzy – “Vossi Bop” video blew us all away, but arguably, that was nothing compared to the grime superstar’s monumental Glastonbury performance.
He was the first Black British artists to headline the festival, and he certainly made it count. His performance has been applauded everywhere, noted as one of the most important cultural moments in recent music memory.
One of the highlights was his performance of “Vossi Bop”, creatively reworking the imagery of the video right there on stage. It reminded us all just how great the video was, so let’s cast our minds back…
British rapper Stormzy (Michael Ebenazer Kwadjo Omari Owuo Jr) performs at Lowlands festival, Biddinghuizen, Netherlands, 18th August 2018.
The return of Stormzy
Stormzy walks into frame with the camera already at a low angle, which immediately emphasises the rapper’s towering presence over the UK hip hop scene today.
Teasing a huge return to the scene in the first few seconds, the rest of the video highlights the performer’s passion for community, allowing dancers, friends and more the chance to share in his achievement and have fun.
Where was it shot?
The locations range from Westminster Bridge, Bank of England and beyond, but thanks to the slick editing we transition seamlessly from each one, circling around the action like we’re orbiting Stormzy’s unique world.
It’s a video bursting with life, and that’s something which director Henry Scholfield beautifully captures here. Here he is on Instagram with Idris Elba, the actor who appears alongside Stormzy bopping in the video:
The work of Henry Scholfield
So, does the name ring a bell? He’s quite the innovator – as this video suggests – and is already very well respected in the UK grime scene.
Scholfield’s craft allows him to work with many stars though, as he’s worked on numerous videos for Dua Lipa and has helmed shorts for Billie Eilish, Take That, Foxes, Professor Green and more.
His work on the “Vossi Bop” video showcases such a desire to excel, as his work even boasts improvement since the wonderful Dua Lipa – “IDGAF” video.
How did they clear London?
To anyone waking up so early to film Westminster Bridge in deft silence before the working day, we salute you.
We’re not exactly used to seeing London look so deserted. It’s uncertain how they managed to do it, but we imagine the timing in the (very) early morning had to be perfect. The chance to meet Stormzy after waiting for filming to wrap would encourage anyone to be late for work.
Courtesy of fluid camera movements and slick editing tricks, we’ll surely remember the “Vossi Bop” video for some time, and we’re sure Scholfield will reach even further with his later work.