“Believing” by Grizfolk

Elyse told us the song was about accepting yourself as you are, and letting go of that need for acceptance from a lover who'll never see you the way you want them to. It was a theme I strongly related to.

We quickly fell in love with the song and wanted to explore the distance within a lover's grasp through framing and dance. I'd just watched a video essay published by Fandor on Paul Thomas Anderson about how he uses frames within frames to convey emotions which quickly became a central theme: allowing their actions to be contrasted directly by framing felt real to me as life often has an irreconcilable dichotomy to it.

I was also extremely inspired by Kahlil Joseph's work in the music video for Flying Lotus’s “Until The Quiet Comes” in which exquisite cinematography captures a recently murdered dancer return from the dead. Elyse’s own choreography perfectly conveyed the emotions of desire moving into the acceptance of letting go.

Music produced by Jason Lowrie at Good Villain Records
Shot on Canon C300, KOWA Anamorphics, Lee 153 Pale Salmon Gel over the Windows, Edited and colored in Adobe Premiere

Video produced by Upperstate
Starring Elyse Cizek and J. Parker Wood
Directed by Joseph Marconi
Cinematography by Kenneth Bauer
Gaffer Jerod Nawrocki
Edited by Joseph Marconi
Production Assistant Jess Fenn
Location provided by Peerspace




Creative Direction

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Director of Photography Kenneth Bauer and director Joseph Marconi.

Director of Photography Kenneth Bauer and director Joseph Marconi.

Our Pitch.

Going off of the band’s direction to create a “whimsical” piece with a seventies flair, we imagined a scenario where the band was held hostage by the label and forced to make a video. Indulging our own love for farce and satire, this idea gave us a platform to have fun and poke a little as well.

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