Here's my first venture into music videos - made for a friend's band - Dear Leaders. It was actually shot last year, but a busy work schedule delayed the edit until the beginning of this year - they released the track as a single in April alongside the video - check it out below!
It was real guerrilla film making, we had no budget, very little plan or script - just a very rough narrative. We shot this across London, near Green Lanes in Haringey and also in Hackney Marshes, with a lot of improvisation at the locations. I also shot this solo, with only two days to get everything done (the band live in separate cities) - which added extra pressure to the production!
The edit was quite challenging as a result, but eventually I picked a route through the footage, not that the narrative makes total sense... but when were music videos ever the bastion of linear narratives?
I was lucky enough to work with actor Julian Spooner (who put up with two days of masking tape being ripped off his face) - who was great to work with, mainly because he was very patient and took my direction without protest. The band members also make small cameos - see if you can spot them!
It was shot mostly on my Sony A7s and it's low light capabilities allowed opened up a lot of creative possibilities for shooting at dusk on the marshes.