Melina Matsoukas. Remember the name. She is the sista responsible for many of the videos we know and love. From “We Found Love” by Rihanna to “Formation” by Queen Bey, Matsoukas directed the camera for those songs and provided visuals for a plethora of other modern day lady stars. The Bronx native, of Afro-Cuban and Greek heritage, will soon direct Issa Rae’s “Insecure,” a comedy which will premiere on HBO.
Here’s what she had to say to Lenny Letter writer, Laia Garcia, about working on “Pretty Hurts” and other Beyonce projects.
On filming “Formation”:
We made a story about who WE are and the world chimed in and joined us. I am thankful to be a part of that conversation.
On filming “Pretty Hurts”:
I really didn’t know it was a secret until maybe a couple of days before everybody else did. I think when we shot “Pretty Hurts” it was at the beginning of her shooting. Obviously we’re friends. I see her all the time, and she’s always shooting. She’s Beyoncé, and she’s always shooting anyway. She’s a workaholic. That’s why she’s so amazing. She’s into every aspect of her artistry, and so involved. I was already used to her working nonstop. I didn’t realize she was doing all those videos to be released on a secret project. I just thought she was doing what she normally does.
Adrienne Samuels Gibbs is a Chicago-based writer. Follow her @adriennewrites
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