LIFE: Behind The Scenes of My Art Film for Hotline Bling #UOHLB

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Back in September, my friends and I got together to make a video for a song that I happened to love using a story I had written. Strangely enough, the story was written in 2008 to the song “HoustAtlantaVegas” by Drake at a time when I felt no connection to the story’s protagonist, “Lolita”. The story came back to me this year (7 years later) while listening to Drake’s “Hotline Bling” – and this time around, I understood “Lolita” a little more. Oddly enough, I wrote this the year my website Vashtie.Com launched and I re-launched it with the visual for “Hotline Bling”. Talk about Full circle!

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IMG_1610Becoming “Lolita” through hair and makeup was the easy part. Becoming her on camera was difficult and it took quite a bit of Scotch to get there…while yelling in between takes to the onlookers “I’m acting…this isn’t me, guys”. Putting myself on camera in that way was awkward, but interesting…IMG_1664 IMG_1663 IMG_1623IMG_1624
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Me and the babe/photography couple Jarlos!

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My girls Gabija and Sabrina Passuntino.

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This was written and directed by me – but, could not have been possible without the ALL HANDS ON DECK and Co-Direction of Guy Belloch.

Special thanks to all my friends who also gave their help and time…

Written by Va$htie
Directed by Va$htie
Co-Directed by Guy Blelloch
DP: Henry Zaballos
AC: Remington Long
Grip: Kelvin Lee

Styled by Rose Garcia
Hair: Angela Soto
Makeup: Mimi Kamara 

Creative team: 
Elle Clay
Mieko Jones

Cast:
Johnny Stevens of Highly Suspect
A$AP Bari
Luka Sabbat
Jarlos
Gabija
Sabrina Passuntino

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