(Drake on ‘Take Care’ Video)
By Tomika L. Anderson
Rihanna joined Drake on set last week to film the video for his Take Care title track and according to director Yoann Lemoine, it was easy to capture the sparks between the two. So far, we’ve been treated to one still shot of Drake, Rihanna and Lemoine from the shoot, which took place during the Super Bowl. “They seemed to be super close and that’s what I wanted for the video,” Lemoine told MTV News.
The director is best known for directing Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream,” Taylor Swift’s “Back to December” and Mystery Jet’s “Dreaming of Another World.” “They fit together pretty well so it was just easy.”
Lemoine said the three-day shoot — which took place in a studio as well as a park — had a “very minimal” and “mellow” vibe, even though the track itself is decidedly more upbeat.
“Visually, it’s a very humble video … it’s not crazy,” the alternative indie musician who also goes by the stage name Woodkid said. “It’s actually the most indie video I’ve done my whole life. It’s probably the most famous artists, and they were so open to a project that was so minimal.”
“There’s a lot of space in the video and I wanted the visuals to pay tribute to that,” he continued. “It pays tribute to nature. When I listened to the track, I was seeing a landscape … involving animals and massive landscapes. I won’t say too much, but it’s very surprising that there are very few elements in it. It’s very simple but there’s this big sense of emptiness in it. It’s not narrative at all, and it involves animals.”
The French filmmaker does not know when the video will air, but he did say that the editing process is going in a “very good direction.” Lemoine — who tweeted a picture of himself with the rap-and-R&B duo last week — admitted that they all watched the Super Bowl on the set between takes, but that there weren’t very many other distractions. “There’s something very minimal and very delicate [about it] in a way,” he added. “And it was very symbolic too.”
Back in December Drake told MTV News that he wanted the video to be superb. “We’re working on definitely the “Take Care” video, which we’re trying to get shot soon and a couple of other ones, too, off the album,” Drake said. “I want to make it perfect — the best video I’ve done to date — so I’m just taking my time.”