Thorn Bubble Films has been working with Soweto rock and roll band Reeburth to give an opportunity to these “unsung musical legends’. The band consists of Mpumi Baaji, Oscar Lemphane, Nathi Louw, Thapelo Mohapi and Lesego “Smokey’ Ntombela.
With Father’s Day on 16 June, film director Mqondisi “MQ’ Ngubane shot the group’s latest music video, which is dedicated to fathers.
“For this particular music video, I deliberately steered away from drafting a concept, treatment and shotlist. I just wanted to film this video in a studio and not in any studio; I had my eyes on the Media Film Service Studio. There’s an aesthetic in this space that I can’t explain in words. It just worked from the naked eye and I knew it would translate well through the lens,’ says Ngubane.
Lebo Moabi, the cinematographer of the video comments: “MQ has built a reputation for being technically inclined and is an amazing creative and director who knows exactly what he wants. There was a level of energy I saw in him that inspired us. It took us about six hours to film the entire video, I have never had such an experience.’
Media Film Service and Digital Film supplied the Thorn Bubble team with the “everything list’, which also included the use of the studio.
“Rock and roll music, especially within black communities, has negative stereotypes and myths. It was important for us to showcase that although we are a rock and roll band, we draw from personal experiences and spread this into our music,’ concludes a representative of Reeburth.