Grief by Earl Sweatshirt Was Shot by Murai Using a Night Vision Camera

By: Rebecca Byers - Apr 6, 2015
References: vimeo & dwell
Japanese director Hiro Murai used a thermographic camera and heat lamps when shooting a new video for Odd Future rapper Earl Sweatshirt. The video, for Earl's latest single Grief, follows the young rapper through a lonely, dark world largely defined by his couch-video game set-up and hollowed out, spectral figures smoking somberly.

Los Angeles-based Murai has said the video is meant to symbolize cabin fever and specifically chose to refrain from applying a color map to the images, trading the vibrant reds, greens and blues for the grayscale he felt better matched Earl's tone.

The images contained in the video range from Earl Sweatshirt himself to haunting images of ceiling fans, all contrasted by the inclusion of a black snake, which appears black due to its cold blood.