Cover is a short film that I served as the gaffer on a few months ago, but unfortunately the full film is not yet available online. However this trailer offers some fantastic looks at the main lighting setups we completed for the project. As the gaffer I was tasked with taking the Director of Photography's abstract ideas for where light should come from and its quality, and translating that into beautiful and evocative imagery using the lighting tools available to me.
I have included this project because the dramatic styling make it easier to see the contributions I made as the head lighting technician. While I was not making overarching creative decisions, this film offers an example of the physical problem solving required to make lighting of this kind come to life. Whether it is in the form of cinematic style lighting or more generally through the physical fabrication of something like an installation project I am looking forward to continuing to flex these mental (and literal) muscles in the coming years.
This is a music video for “For Love, From the Law” by Humeysha on which I worked as the gaffer. I was involved fairly early on in crafting the general look along with the director, the cinematographer and the production designer. I also helped to construct the lighting package, and then finally worked with the small crew to successfully create the look we had imagined.
I have included this for many of the same reasons as the trailer for Cover. Ultimately it demonstrates my comfort in executing an abstract, creative idea in literal, physical terms.
This music video of “Rigamortis” by Kris Bowers was done in a series of repeated, improvisational takes which I then edited into one seamless performance, While the director did offer feedback on multiple versions of this edit, I was largely given free reign to craft the video into my vision for the project. Incidentally, I also served as gaffer during principle photography.
I find editing, especially projects like this without a strong narrative structure, to be a bit like fitting together a puzzle with a blank face. There is one ideal way to complete it, but it requires serious inquiry to recognize where each piece belongs and why it belongs there. Editing is not my favorite part of the filmmaking process, but on beautiful projects like this one I find it to be a uniquely satisfying creative outlet.
These videos were a series of style tips I completed for the Jacques Elliott brand Instagram account. The footage had already been shot when I was brought onto the project, but there was no real concrete vision. As a result I was responsible for both carving the videos into their concise, snappy form as well as developing a visual style that brought them in line with the brand's funky aesthetic.
I enjoyed working on these videos immensely, because it required a ruthless but calculated trimming of all excess to maintain the humorous tone and information while coming in under the Instagram video limits at the time.