Amy Sugars – Halloween, music video out now

We had the pleasure of working with the very talented singer/songwriter Amy Sugars making the music video for her new single ‘Halloween.’ Shot in Fremantle (Perth) Western Australia, Amy’s vision for her clip allowed us to explore visual territory we hadn’t really delved into before. Amy was fantastic to work with, everything you could hope for. Professional, fun and willing give her all (including lying down in the ocean shallows and not getting angry when I didn’t use to footage even though I kind of told her to) – all the while staying true to herself and her vision of what she wants to do and achieve.

We shot the clip with two different camera systems. Predominantly the Red Scarlet with Zeiss Primes and the Sigma 18 – 35. All Ronin shots were captured on the Sony A7s with the Sony/Zeiss 24 – 70 to make use of the auto face tracking for some shots. All Ronin footage was shot by Shane Piggott, Red footage by me. We used a Tiffen Pro-Mist (level) 1 on I think every shot in the clip. In camera glows, flares and halation around window frames (avoiding video-y hard clips) was really important to me in this clip. The Pro-Mist also helped soften the A7s Sony Sharpened look and helped bring the look of the Red Scarlet and the Sony more in line.

Have a browse through a few stills from the clip with descriptions, YouTube link at the bottom of the blog.

Filming on the redscarlet at sunset, this shot needed a considerable white balance recalibration. Graded in FilmConvert

Filming on the redscarlet at sunset, this shot needed a considerable white balance re calibration. Graded in FilmConvert

This shot too

This shot too

I liked these wondering shots just showing off the architecture, the graffiti and the sun streaming in softened by a pro-mist filter

I liked these wandering shots just showing off the architecture, the graffiti and the sun streaming in softened by a pro-mist filter

We were moving really fast, so there's a lot of opportunistic shots - just trying to make use of the environment for framing

We were moving really fast, so there’s a lot of opportunistic shots – just trying to make use of the environment for framing

We got lucky with a sudden wind gush in this shot that blew Amy's hair back at just the right time

We got lucky with a sudden wind gush in this shot that blew Amy’s hair back at just the right time

Tracking forward along the all line provided a wonderful sense of movement closing in on Amy as she edged closer to the window (A7s, ronin)

Tracking forward along the all line provided a wonderful sense of movement closing in on Amy as she edged closer to the window (A7s, ronin)

One of the few fairly stagnant close ups (everything was handheld or moving on a gimbal)

One of the few fairly stagnant close ups (everything was handheld or moving on a gimbal)

Actually from our test shoot / scout - this shot still made an appearance in the finished music video. Perfect lighting conditions

Actually from our test shoot / scout – this shot still made an appearance in the finished music video. Perfect lighting conditions

Plenty of pondering and wandering to be had in this music clip. Amy looks out over the new functional part of the power station

Plenty of pondering and wandering to be had in this music clip. Amy looks out over the new functional part of the power station

We stumbled across this spot at the right time, difficult to pull a still from but these shots are my favourite in the clip. Long live the Tiffen black pro-mist filter. Great look

We stumbled across this spot at the right time, difficult to pull a still from but these shots are my favourite in the clip. Long live the Tiffen black pro-mist filter. Great look

We got lucky with great sunset conditions. This was shot on the Ronin with the A7s

We got lucky with great sunset conditions. This was shot on the Ronin with the A7s

Red Scarlet I think on a Zeiss 50mm lens shot at 3k WS 50fps

Red Scarlet I think on a Zeiss 50mm lens shot at 3k WS 50fps

We got this shot on the Ronin and A7s after it was too dark to shoot on Red. We didn't know how/where we'd use it. It's the last shot of the clip

We got this shot on the Ronin and A7s after it was too dark to shoot on Red. We didn’t know how/where we’d use it. It’s the last shot of the clip

 

Produced by Alucinor Productions
Directed, Shot, Cut, & Graded by Dean Butler
Ronin Cinematography by Shane Piggott

2017-03-09T20:13:21+00:00 Music Video, Red Scarlet|

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