Sarah Alainn 'Breathe in Me'
Universal Music Japan
asked me to be the Cinematographer and Director for this music video for Sarah Alainn
, for her debut album 'Celeste
'. (This online copy is a very low quality short version. There is a HD Blu-ray disc included with each CD).
The Album has just been released in Japan, and is currently ranked at number 5 in the iTunes charts.
We filmed around Queenstown for two shoot days, taking advantage of some of the beautiful locations. Miz Watanabe
was the NZ Line Producer. The Japanese Production company was Cinq
. I had worked for them previously, almost 10 years ago, and it was good to strengthen the relationship.
I chose to shoot at several spots around the region where I have not filmed at previously. Taking advantage of the sun at each location.
I shot on my Red Scarlet camera, and used my vintage lenses. I decided to use a lot of lens flares and optical effects to make Sarah look ethereal.
Sam Strain was my grip and we used a Panther Mini Jib extensively, along with some tracking shots in the forest.
Stu Gotting was my DIT and we delivered Colour Corrected ProRes 422 movie files at the end of the shoot.
It was a great shoot with a high quality result achieved by a small team. Sarah is hugely talented and I really enjoyed working with her. I am confident that her album will be a success.
Director + DOP: Ben Ruffell