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Music Video
Best Music Video

Bronze Winner

Entrant: PRETTYBIRD, Culver City
Beyoncé - "Formation"

Record Company: Parkwood Entertainment

Director: Melina Matsoukas

Executive Producers: Nathan Scherrer/Candice Dragonas

Director of Photography: Malik Sayeed

Director's Rep: Inga Veronique

Colour Company: Electric Theatre Collective

Editing Facility: Bonch

Production Company: PRETTYBIRD, Culver City


Description of the Project:
Released just one day before the Super Bowl, Formation is among the most politically direct work Beyonce’s done in her career, with implicit commentary on police brutality, Hurricane Katrina and black financial power. Beyonce's Formation was made to inspire people to stand up for what's right and to embrace where they came from. Building off of the idea of tracing Beyonce through different historical eras and tones, we wanted to create a piece that shows an energetic, artful portraiture of country salvage. Reclaiming our streets and reforming our history. 

This video was deeply inspired by New Orleans and the south. To get the feel of different eras, a bolex camera and realistic VHS-style editing was used. The timeline was two weeks from the initial concept to the completed video. Formation was viewed over 34 million times and portrayed a similar message to the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Reviewed and praised by multiple publications, the song and video caused Americans to comment on police brutality and racism in today's society.