Betrayal: A music video shoot.

Those that know me would know that I am not that much inclined to shooting music videos for personal reasons. Little did I know that this was about to change as I got a visitor in the office. He came with an artiste and explained that there was this very deep song that needed a fresh video (different from the usual). I reluctantly invited them into the audio studio and popped in the CD.

The song seemed rather progressive and as the lead vocals kicked in, I was sold. Amazing lyrics and even though I was listening to an unmixed song, it struck the right feelings in me. Feel free to listen below:


The next step was to create a good concept for the video and after racking my brain for a few days, I had to play safe – do a lot of abstract shots and of course, we didn’t have all the money in the world in the budget.

Download the official Director’s Treatment here.

The entire shoot was one hectic day. We shot non-stop for 18 hours. All scenes except the outdoor scene were shot in a short let apartment in Lagos state, Nigeria.

The outdoor scene was shot in a public park and we had to wait till the entire neighbourhood was asleep before we could make bonfires and shoot.

The entire music video was shot on the Canon EOS 7D, using vintage Nikkor lenses (24mm 2.8, 35mm 2.0, 50mm 1.4, 100mm 2.8).

My high point of the shoot was when we had to make a “bomb” using locally available parts. We used fireworks wrapped in brown paper strapped to an iPhone 4, which was running the countdown app. This was the prop used in the scene with the “underwear bomber”.

In all it was one very fun project. Check out the finished video below and leave comments:

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Posted on February 10, 2012 in Uncategorized, Videography

Responses (7)

  1. Olumide
    February 11, 2012 at 4:52 pm · Reply

    Nice effort

  2. samson
    February 23, 2012 at 7:32 am · Reply

    very nice sir, thanks for sharing

  3. HoodBoss
    March 11, 2012 at 6:41 pm · Reply

    Beautiful and clear.

  4. Damygurl
    March 12, 2012 at 9:59 pm · Reply

    I’m glad you don’t suck in making videos. lol…after seeing all ur very critical comments on NJO i wanted to see what you can do and you definitely delivered. Kudos to the artist, i really liked the song and the message and there was something very different and so life like about the video, i enjoyed watching it.

    • Soji Ogunnaike
      March 13, 2012 at 2:58 pm · Reply

      Thanks for taking time out to visit my site and understand where I’m coming from. All I want is a better industry. No hate.

  5. Chibuzor
    March 31, 2012 at 3:03 pm · Reply

    Nice video. The song samples the beats from Eminem’s 1999/2000 song with Dr Dre – Guilty Conscience.

    Listen for yourself here:

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