Ridley Scott directed this poetic short for Samsung shot entirely on a Galaxy phone

Film that centers on a boy and a horse was unveiled at Samsung's Galaxy Unpacked event

Published On
Feb 06, 2023

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Ridley Scott has found time in between shooting Hollywood blockbusters (he's currently in post production on "Napoloen", while "Gladiator 2" is coming in 2024) to return to commercials and make a short film for Samsung. What's more, it's filmed entirely on a Samsung Galaxy phone.

The short film, "Behold," is the tale of a young boy living in a gritty urban environment who faces hostility and aggression at every turn. But then, he unexpectedly discovers a horse lying hidden in a junk-strewn lock-up. After singing "Amazing Grace" to the animal, he takes it out to the countryside and sets it free. The film concludes with some lines of poetry, recited by Jeremiah "Sugar J Brown," a young British-Jamaican writer, on the theme of freedom, and ends with the message "Do as you would be done by," 

The ad was written by Ridley Scott's son Luke Scott and was based on an idea from the Ridley Scott Creative Group's newly established creative division. It was created in association with Plan’it and Cheil, and with VFX from Untold Studios. Filming took place in December in Kaliste, a suburb of Marseille.

All the footage was filmed using the Galaxy S23 Ultra phone. In a behind-the-scenes film, Scott describes the film as "poetic" and comments that he found the idea of filming on a phone an "interesting challenge." "I like being able to go into real rooms and real environments where a lot of spaces are very small, so it's very useful," he adds.



The spot was unveiled last week at Samsung's "Galaxy Unpacked" event in San Francisco, highlighting the camera capabilities of the Galaxy S23 Ultra. It will air on Samsung's social and digital channels, but there are no plans for TV buys at this stage.  Samsung also plans a separate upcoming film, shot on a Galaxy S23 Ultra, from South Korean director Na Hong-jin.

The collaboration marks the second time in recent years that Scott’s production company RSA Films have created narrative storytelling for Samsung Galaxy. In 2021 it unveiled a puppetry-based short form director Joe Wright, "Princess and Peppernose," which was captured entirely with a Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. 


Feb 06, 2023
Client :
Samsung Galaxy
Agency :
Ridley Scott Creative Group
Director :
Ridley Scott
Writer :
Luke Scott
Production :
RSA Films
Producer :
Emma Cairns
Executive Producer :
Kai Hsiung
Executive Producer :
John Payne
Executive Producer :
Joon Park
Director of Photography :
Flavio Labiano
Creative Director :
Luke Scott
Creative Director :
Christine Jones
Untold Studios
Dave Fleet
VFX Supervisor :
Chris Redding
VFX Lead :
Tom Moreland
VFX Artist :
Emma Tyler
VFX Artist :
Aaron Lear
VFX Artist :
Stepan Pazderka
EP :
Tomek Zietkiewicz
VFX Producer :
Nathan Hoad
Editor :
Jim Weedon
Color :
Color EP :
Ellora Soret
Senior Colorist :
Jean-Clement Soret
Original Music :
Original Music Arrangement :
Poet :
Jeremiah Brown
Production Manager :
Andrea Harvey
Production Coordinator :
Manuela Sanchiz Garin
Production Coordinator :
Joss George-Gilbert
Production Designer :
Marc Homes
Costume Designer :
Verity Hawkes
Camera Operator :
Daniele Massaccesi
Camera Operator :
Hannah Jell
Camera Operator :
Matt Poynter
Focus Puller :
Luis Lattanzi
Focus Puller :
Chaz Lyon
Focus Puller :
Ben Casciello Rogers
Clapper Loader :
Filippo Maso
Technical Support :
Edit House :
Assembly Rooms
Edit Producer :
Daniel Breheny
Edit Producer :
Phoebe Armstrong-Beaver
Assistant :
Eden Read
Sound Design & Mix :
Bark Soho
Sound Designer :
Eden Read
Audio Producer :
Carley Reynolds
Production Service Company :
Peninsula Film
Cast :
Eshan Gopal
Cast :
Abigail Stones
Cast :
Jeremiah Brown
Cast :
Mei Alozie
Cast :
Joshua Vaughan
Cast :
Efeosa Afolabi
Cast :
Mohamed-Amin Djedid

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