Pharrell’s ‘Happy’ Gets a Bahamas-Style Spin Courtesy of Grad Lavado Stubbs [Video]

Pharrell's 'Happy' Gets a Bahamas-Style Spin Courtesy of Grad Lavado Stubbs [Video]

Showing the world what Bahamian and Caribbean filmmakers are capable of is one of Full Sail Film grad Lavado Stubbs‘ biggest goals. He continues on that mission with the release of his latest music video, a Bahamas version of Pharrell’s Academy Award-nominated song “Happy” from the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack. Lavado directed the music video, which was filmed in one single long take in the downtown area of Nassau, Bahamas.

“We only had one rehearsal the day of the shoot, a blocking rehearsal so the cinematographer [Lance Knowles] and the two dancers would be on the same page,” says Lavado. “We then filmed the second take for picture and everyone nailed it! What you see in the final product is that second take.”

Lavado released the video on YouTube, and in the past few weeks it has already amassed more than 35,000 views. Fellow Full Sail Film graduate Anthony Bernard did the color grading on the video and edited the audio, opening titles, and credits.

After Lavado graduated from Full Sail in 2011 and worked for Bunim/Murray in Los Angeles, he returned home to the Bahamas and started the production company Conchboy Films. He has directed commercials and music videos for several notable Bahamian companies and musicians. Last year, Lavado was a finalist in the OK Go Music Video Challenge.



2 thoughts on “Pharrell’s ‘Happy’ Gets a Bahamas-Style Spin Courtesy of Grad Lavado Stubbs [Video]

  1. I love it! Congrats Lavado!!! Nice article Amy! I am very familiar with the location this was filmed on – I love Bahamas. The dancers were marvelous too. The female dancer had the finesse of an Alvin Ailey Dancer. I love Alvin Ailey dancers! With a gifted eye and ear for film & music, I could give constructive criticism, but I’d rather celebrate the greatness that is evident here – it’s genuine in the message – Happy! Cheers!

  2. Kaye Hepburn says:

    Love it! Especially the Junkanoo, truly Bahamian flavour, at the end! Well done!!

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