With this video I decided to tackle the vertical video challenge that I’ve been interested in for a while now. I’ve tried it before but never really got anywhere with it. I’ve seen a lot of bad examples and a few good ones. Not to say mine is a good example but I just wanted to do it because it was… well, a challenge. Most of the stuff I do is viewed online in a browser window or on portable tablets (yes, I mean iPads ;) or mobile phones (yep, iPhones…) so there’s more room to experiment when it comes to shape and size of the video. It’s more natural to view stuff in portrait mode nowadays.
For this shoot I was mainly inspired by posters and DVD covers. There’s things you just can’t do when shooting horizontally. I think it worked really well for the shots where you see Eleanoora looking down or up, waving her hands high in a prayer and reaching for the sky. Also the upward shooting airplanes are a particular favourite of mine. It gives you a feeling of vertigo and makes it more dramatic. We shot the whole thing in one day with Alpo Nummelin doing a great job with lighting once again. We wanted a really simple look. Some backlight in the 80’s style and some circling lights. We had four Robe AT250 SPOT lights that were doing sweeps. Arri 650w tungsten as the keylight and Arri 350w tungsten as backlight. On some shots we used the 650w as backlight and a small silver bouncer as the keylight that Alpo moved around to create some variation. We shot the video with my trusty hacked Panasonic GH13.
Noora did her own make up and by a total coincidence the gilded face returns that was used in my Islaja: Pimeyttä kohti music video. This time it was a logical continuum from the Eleanoora Rosenholm’s new album cover art. We shot Noora’s portion in one day and the overlayed stuff is public domain found footage that I’ve been collecting for a while now. Editing was actually quite easy since both the found footage and Noora’s material were really inspiring and most of the time I just tried out stuff on top of each other until it seemed to click into place. Already from the start this was meant to be a mood piece and as such there is no “storyline” in the video. A return to my old days and ways of making videos :)
Directed by Sami Sänpäkkilä
Light design, gaffer: Alpo Nummelin
Edit and cinematography: Sami Sänpäkkilä
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