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05-22-2020 - Case Study

The Weeknd - "Blinding Lights" - Shot on VENICE Wins Video of the Year at 2020 MTV Video Music Awards

By: SonyCine Team, Jeff Berlin

Oliver Millar is a Director of Photography based in New York and Tokyo. When Millar was about nine years old, he used to shoot stop motion films with Legos. This experience kindled his excitement and passion for cinematography, which he later turned into a career. He's still a big fan of animation.


His work can be seen in advertising spots for brands like Porsche, Mercedes Benz, and Burberry, and he’s lensed music videos for artists including A$AP Rocky, Tove Lo and The Weeknd.


Millar’s use of darker hues is a consistent theme in his work, carrying through to his photography on The Weeknd’s music video ‘Blinding Lights’.


There are two videos below. The first is the offical music video for "Blinding Lights."

The second video features DP Millar discussing his work on this project, how he was able to capture visual trends and rich images with VENICE, and how he’s keeping creatively engaged at home during the COVID-19 lockdown.


The Weeknd - "Blinding Lights"

Director: Anton Tammi


Production Company: Somesuch

Executive Producer: Saskia Whinney

Producer: Sarah Park


Director of Photography: Oliver Millar

2nd Unit DP: Devin “Daddy” Karringten

Steadicam Op: Niels Lindelien

Gaffer: Nizar Najm

Key Grip: Marlow Nunez

Production Designer: Adam William Wilson

1st AD: Kenneth Taylor


Editor: Janne Vartia & Tim Montana

Post Production Supervisor: Alec Ernest

VFX: Mathematic

Colorist: Nicke Jacobsson

Sound Designer: Akseli Soini

3D: Oscar Böckerman

Title Design: Aleksi Tammi


Filming The Weeknd music video | DP Portrait: Oliver Millar

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