18 Uppercut creates a music video for Bohan Phoenix's title track, OVERSEAS, off the OVERSEAS EP - produced by Ryan Hemsworth. OVERSEAS finds the rapper digging deep into his personal life, relaying stories about his childhood in China and as a young immigrant. Arriving amidst a Chinese government crackdown on hip-hop culture, including a ban on rappers and tattooed artists performing on television, the mere existence of OVERSEAS is an act of protest, re-establishing hip-hop as a vehicle for positivity and social change while challenging prevailing American notions about rappers of Asian descent.
The film is directed with a simple, one-shot approach that leverage lighting, color, camera and subject together to produce an abstracted form of narrative in a minimalistic space.
An interactive version of the film is co-created with Resn, a digital agency. Viewers are able to jump through multiple camera angles to see the evolution of the one-shot video execution. The site also included behind the scenes photos, lyrics and credits.
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