Natasha Stanbridge and I decided to pull together a team of amazing creatives who we’ve worked with in the past or whose work we admired to collaborate on this short film.
We knew how we wanted the film to look aesthetically and spent the weeks prior to the shoot deciding who we could work with to bring our vision to life. The film was inspired by cults, witches, travellers and magic. We put together mood boards for the stylist and the MUA inspired by 60′s and 70′s bohemia. Lots of furs, animal prints and feathers teamed with dark eyes and nude lips which were executed beautifully in the film by MUA Fern Worsley.
We wanted the shoot to have an eclectic feel, so the prop list was fairly extensive. For the first scene I used lots of gorgeous new tea lights and domes from Vintage Style Living mixed with peweter dishes, rusty scales and goblets spillling with exotic fruits and deep purple and blue flowers. A bureau filled with books, old clocks, an owl and a rat skull framed the table, a fur coat hung from a coat stand.
The models Kate and Catherine wore two amazing masks made by Curious Fair and I bought some feathers to weave into their hair.
For the filming story board we didn’t think we should be too strict, as with any collaboration with creative people, everyone has such fantastic ideas which come together on the day.
We put together the scenes, a dramatic bar set up with mixologists Salts of the Earth who also brought their own props and bar paraphernalia to create a stunning bar along with the amazing BAR sign by Argent & Sable.
I love Ian’s close up shots of every detail, especially this delicious Rhubarb Cocktail!
We painted the piano specifically for the shoot in a deep blue and draped it with festoon lighting. Sam from Violets & Velvet produced a stunning display across the top.
Lighting was very important to the finished product and we were fortunate enough to work with Dreamwave Events who rigged up some ambient lighting set ups in front of the camera as well as some set lighting behind the camera. I really wanted to take these home with me!
Primarily we wanted to create a fashion film. The clothes were sourced by stylist Christina Blythe, including a cool Paul Smith suit from Mark James of Leigh amongst Christina’s own fabulous collection.
When Natasha got the footage into the edit suite, she found a narrative and it evolved into more of a story. The film depicts two girls and a striking guy, crafting spells, the outcome is ambiguous and for the viewer to decide.
We would like to thank film assistant Deniz Karpuz and Stedicam Operator Tim Russell. Deniz did a fantastic job of our Behind the Scenes Film which we love. Our patient models, Stefan, Catherine and Kate were perfect, I’m sure they hadn’t a clue what they had let themselves in for when they arrived at an old metal barn in the North Essex countryside. Thanks to our photographers Nick Tucker and Ian Robinson who produced some stunning images and product shots of the day. I’ll blog about the work of each photographer and everyone involved individually in future posts.
So here it is. Just a small click away HERE!
and do go over and meet everyone in the Behind the Scene film HERE! I love a Behind the Scene film!
Stefan Pierre, MOT Models – @StefanPierre
Catherine Hitchins – @CatHitchins