Giveon - Lie Again

Based in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, this video follows Giveon on a one-shot down the streets to perform the main verse in the middle of an intersection that create explosive projections onto the floor and walls surrounding him. The warmth and intensity of the oranges and purples give life to his soulful performance.

Director: @adrian.martinez

VFX: @scissorfilmsPost EP /

On Set VFX Sup: @samalko

VFX Producer: @ashlyndesroches

Executive Producer: @kevin.henry

Executive Producer: @kpadrenol

Production Manager: @mikeyerrante

Production Coordinator: @christinaaalba

Production Co:

Giveon - Lie Again

Case Study


This project was different in many ways. It was a one-shot so everything needed to be perfect and consistent. The main goal was to give the illusion that the effects during the performance were practical projections displayed across the city scape.To create this, we had to hand track thousands of frames of footage and map out every square inch of the landscape down to the inset window sills on the commercial and residential high-rises. Without taking the time to recreate the scene, the visuals would have felt flat and rendered unrealistic. The depth of detail was key in the realism to match the feeling of the song and Giveon’s performance.

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We worked through many versions, trying to land on effects that felt fitting but also cool and unique. The light trails explode into clouds of color and then into a smoke effect. As the camera moves and surrounds Giveon, the visuals move higher up the buildings till we land on the sky and move through a timelapse.

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VFX Breakdown


VFX: @scissorfilms

Post EP / On Set VFX Sup: @samalko

VFX Producer: @ashlyndesroches

Director: @adrian.martinez

Executive Producer: @kevin.henry

Executive Producer: @kpadrenol

Production Manager: @mikeyerrante

Production Coordinator: @christinaaalba

Production Co:

1st AD: @mreconiglio

2nd AD (Day Team): @josephine_lewis

2nd AD: @santosliz_

2nd 2nd AD: @arisray.ig

DP: @andrewamine

1st AC: @theosturz

2nd AC: @inspector.padgett

Crane Tech: @dre1984

Electric Base Tech: @mayhouse

Matrix Tech: @douglasmccormick

VTR: Ignacio

DIT: Joe Hedge

VFX: @samalko @scissorfilms

BTS: @Cincojohnson

BTS: @_justinsanchez_

BTS: Bayo Morgan

Sound: @jeremyjung


CLT: @damnhumble

ACLT: @haydenklemes

SLT: @michaelroseman.cine

SLT: @link.webb

SLT: @nick_weiry

Programmer: @chris.van.lieshout


CLT: @waldoswaldonts

ACLT: @student_loans_sucks

SLT: Danny Vincent

SLT: Cory Conner

SLT: @brockkingsland

STL: Robert Connor

GRIP - Night

Key Grip:@ez_grip_company

BBG: @donavanclarkdirector

Grip: Taylor Strachan

Grip: Yobani Matute

Grip: @jacob.senn.unitry

Grip: Taylor Stratchan

Grip: Connor Savage

Dolly Grip:@sodapopfranchot

GRIP - Day

Key Grip: Steve Alessi

BBG: Jason W

Grip: Tommy Johnson

Grip: austinj681

Grip: @josephzastawny

Stunt Coordinator: Charlie Grisham

Stunt Driver: @sammymaloof, Daniel Levit, Lane Levit, Dave Kilde

Precision Drivers: @meghanmaloof, @hotrodhannah777, @kaitlynmaloof

Female Lead: @naomisimoneb

Male Lead: @whogocounty

Head of Production (Giveon): Gina Herrell

Giveon Management: EK & Simon Gebrelul

Giveon Stylist: Yashua Simmons

Giveon Groomer: Esther Foster


Security: @gahtdamnjohnny, @selfmadeced, @z.aire_._ & LAPD

CCO: @kimawaywithme

Key PA: @emlavengood & @arisray.ig

PA: @sherry_cause_i_can, @_neeque, @nathanbatress, @jannaatiya, @radamiz, Gary Simon, Brandon Ellis