Sat. Feb 4th, 2023

SZA “killed her ex” and licked his coronary heart, too, within the Quentin Tarantino-inspired music video for her hit tune “Kill Invoice.”

That includes Vivica A. Fox, who performed Vernita Inexperienced within the “Kill Invoice” films, the video sees SZA left for lifeless by her ex lover and hungry for revenge. As she sings within the tune: “Quite be in jail than alone.”

The video opens with a snippet from one other SZA tune, “No person Will get Me,” and performs on a “Kill Invoice” scene between Uma Thurman and Elle Driver in Budd’s trailer. The action-packed video options different odes to the Tarantino movies, too, resembling a struggle sequence on the Home of the Blue Leaves and O-Ren Ishiii’s anime. The video closes with one other SZA tune, “Search and Destroy,” because the R&B star hangs in shibari (Japanese bondage).

“Kill Invoice” is directed by Christian Breslauer and produced by Luga Podesta, who beforehand labored collectively to create hit movies resembling Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow’s “Business Child” and Lizzo’s “About Rattling Time.” Podesta produces by his banner London Alley Leisure with Andrew Lerois and Mike Breslauer.

In separate interviews, Breslauer and Podesta took Selection behind the scenes of the SZA video, and defined the way it all got here collectively in a “excellent storm” on the final minute.

The place did the thought to base the video off of Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Invoice” films start?

Breslauer: When SZA approached me she was actually simply saying that her followers had been wanting a story heavy video for a very long time. And he or she seems like she by no means provides it to them, even when there’s narrative beats, it’s by no means totally narrative. So she was actually eager to lean into that: much less efficiency and form of diving into the appearing facet. And clearly, you’ve got a tune referred to as “Kill Invoice,” and we wished to have enjoyable happening the highway of: “How can we make our personal little motion film and make it ours and nonetheless throw little nuanced nods to the movies?”

How rapidly did the manufacturing for this video come collectively?

Podesta: It was undoubtedly fast. Most music movies transfer rapidly, however this one was undoubtedly one to put in writing house about. We received approached by SZA’s label in the midst of December. And naturally, that one was capturing in six days, the day earlier than we broke for the Christmas vacation. So it was just about a fast dash to get there. Usually for a video of this measurement or caliber, you’d have two or three days to shoot it. We needed to shoot it in a single lengthy day as a result of it was all that was left earlier than the vacations. So we have been on set for in all probability 19 hours or 20 hours. 

What was it like working with SZA?

Breslauer: I by no means labored together with her earlier than. It’s humorous as a result of after I posted the teaser trailer on Instagram, I tagged her and it introduced me to our DMs. And I’ve by no means realized a 12 months in the past she had hit me up about attempting to collaborate on a venture. I should have missed it someway. She’s truthfully a gorgeous particular person, simply tremendous good, tremendous right down to go all in for the craft. I feel she actually understands how exhausting she labored for the second and on a regular basis she put into the album. She actually wished to do nearly all of her stunts as a lot as doable. And he or she didn’t have loads of time to choreograph it, so she caught with it, and I feel the tip end result was actually plausible. She stayed to the bitter finish, and it received chilly. I feel we wrapped at in all probability about 5 a.m., and I feel she received there at in all probability 9 a.m. [the day before].

Podesta: It was actually fascinating to see how concerned she was and the way a lot she knew about inventive storytelling. She knew what she wished. Each resolution that was made, all the things that was executed all through the day, all through prep… she was very concerned within the casting and the lighting references. 

Are you able to break down a number of the “Kill Invoice” film references that made it into the video?

Breslauer: There’s little issues we observed from the general movie world. I considered incorporating a few of these basic retro break up screens that you simply see rather a lot in ’70s films, as a result of Tarantino has form of made his identify on grabbing from all these totally different genres and form of stitching them collectively. So we wished to do the identical factor. Clearly, there’s katanas and sword fights, which is a large part. We wish to have stuff for the followers the place they’ll see that we’re shifting within the path of creating an motion film, however on the similar time, how will we make it totally different? 

How did you get Vivica A. Fox on board?

Breslauer: It was simply so near the vacations, individuals already had their journey plans. And Vivica, she was so right down to do it. And he or she was a sweetheart. She waited round for a number of hours as we lastly received to that scene, and he or she got here within the final shot of the night time. It was chilly as hell. She got here in, I gave her transient path and he or she’s like, “Alright, honey, say much less let’s get to it.” And he or she introduced that depth, that look. I wished her to really feel like a stranger. 

How did the video change after it was initially shot?

Breslauer: The animation scene wasn’t within the authentic therapy. It was one thing after I noticed the unique reduce. I had this concept and I used to be like, “Possibly simply toss something new by the loop and be capable to cowl it another way than how we shot it.” I feel I hit up [Nathan Love Animation] on Christmas and so they someway turned it round at file velocity, and it’s truthfully considered one of my favourite components of the video now.

We hear a snippet of “Search and Destroy” on the finish. Might this be hinting on the subsequent music video?

Breslauer: The little easter egg we threw at them with “Search and Destroy,” SZA hanging within the shibari bondage ropes, that was her concept that she threw at me. I feel two days earlier than we shot she was like, “I don’t know tips on how to incorporate this, however I really need this scene.” I mentioned, “Let’s put it on the finish, let’s tease one other file.” And I feel “Search and Destroy” is the suitable file as a result of it’s like, “I needed to do it to you.” She simply killed her ex and he or she received revenge. She’s laying right here in her glory of it. We introduced in an actual skilled, a shibari rope man, to tie her up precisely. So what you see is totally genuine. There’s no hidden cables holding her up or something like that.

Podesta: At first we talked about having scrolling credit going over that, however I feel that it was such an iconic shot that it was exhausting to place something over her. 

These interviews have been edited and condensed for readability.

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