MERGE@Crossroads' Green Shows He's Anything but with Pair of Videos

Working with top artists Akon (featuring Keri Hilson) and Robin Thicke (featuring Snoop Dogg), MERGE@Crossroads Director Gil Green recently turned out a duo of memorable videos. While the clips vary remarkably in content, Green adroitly creates distinct worlds in which each song comfortably lives.

Oh Africa is Akon's hopeful tribute to the promise of the African continent and her people to rise above their myriad problems. The video shifts from the singer dancing joyously before an enormous, colorful mural of African imagery; to a choir-like crowd singing and grooving with faces painted in the colors of the continent's flags; to a culminating scene of footballers kicking soccer-ball-like paintballs into a wall, creating a massive image of star athletes unified for the collection of nations.

Robin Thicke's It's in the Morning is a sexy, lazy ode to the joy of a couple spending a romantic morning secluded from the world. The video alternates between scenes of Thicke seducing a dark-haired beauty in their capacious bed and Snoop laid out in a hopped-up convertible alongside his companion. Green creates an atmosphere of joy, of companionship, of sex - without resorting to the crude or cliché.

Credits:

Artist: Akon feat. Keri Hilson
Song Title: Oh Africa

Agency: PepsiCo
Int'l Marketing Director: Ellen Healy

Prod Co: MERGE @ Crossroads Films
Director: Gil Green
DP: Tom Marvel
EP: Joseph Uliano
Head of Production: Neil Maiers
Producer: Michelle Larkin

Editorial Co: Frank the Plumber
Editor: Ethan Shaftel

Post/Effects Co: Baked Goods

Telecine Co: Company 3
Colorist: Dave Hussey

Shoot Location: Hollywood, CA

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Artist: Robin Thicke featuring Snoop Dogg
Song Title: It's in the Morning

Label: Interscope Records

Prod Co: MERGE @ Crossroads Films
Director: Gil Green
DP: Chris Probst
EP: Joseph Uliano
Head of Production: Neil Maiers
Producer: Melissa Larsen

Editorial Co: Sunset Editorial
Editor: Bill Yukich
EP: Nazeli Kodjoian

Post/Effects Co: Baked Goods

Telecine Co: Company 3
Colorist: Dave Hussey

Shoot Location: Malibu, CA

About Crossroads:

A multimedia and content creation firm, Crossroads offers a clear vision, innovative leadership, and unparalleled reach into the entertainment talent pool. With headquarters in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, London, and an affiliate office in Toronto, Crossroads has six divisions: Film, Television, Commercials, Music Videos, New Media, and Creative Services. All offer exclusive talent featuring some of the world's top directors, show creators, writers, and producers.Founded in 1989, Crossroads has been a consistent leader in the development and production of feature films and television programming, as well as producing award-winning commercial and music video content for top-tier brands, agencies and performing artists.