MERGE@Crossroads Pellington Launches Michael Jackson/Akon Video
Press Release from MERGE@Crossroads
"Hold My Hand" video
Michael Jackson lives on in an uplifting posthumous music video directed by Mark Pellington at MERGE@Crossroads. From the eerie opening lyrics by MJ himself - "This life don't last forever" - to the video's celebratory crescendo, "Hold My Hand" is a celebration of the performer's vibrant life. The 3:43 tribute melds archival footage of the King of Pop, the supporting vocals of musical sensation Akon, and a cast picked from diehard MJ fans.
"Mark was able to beautifully capture the range of emotion from loss to pure joy within the musical capsule that is so poignantly driven by this soulful track," said MERGE@Crossroads EP, Joseph Uliano.
"The video is a tribute to all that Michael stands for - life, in all its permutations… love, and its power… A video of memory, healing and joy," noted Pellington.
Artist: Michael Jackson featuring Akon
Title: "Hold My Hand"
Label: Sony Music/Epic Records
Video Commisioner: Susan Silverman
Prod Co: MERGE@Crossroads
Director: Mark Pellington
DP: Eric Schmidt
EP: Joseph Uliano
Head of Prod: Neil Maiers
Producer: Norm Reiss
Editorial Co: chrome
Editor: Hal Honigsberg
EP: Betsy Beale
Producer: Lisa Ashe
VFX: Prologue Films
CD: Kyle Cooper
AD/Lead Animator: Jesse Jones
Animator(s): Taka Sato, Carlos Florez, Caitlin Content
VFX Editorial: Nathaniel Park, Phil Jackson, Gabriel Diaz
Editorial Asst: Alex Sanchez
EP/Producer: Ian Dawson
Sound Design Co: Beacon Street Studios
Sound Designer: Paul Hurtubise
Producer: Caitlin Rocklen
Shoot Location: Los Angeles
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