Last year I directed a series of short films for Jewellery Designer Bear Brooksbank which launched today at a screening at the W Hotel in Leicester Square.
My approach to the film was to mine as much beauty and personality out of the one day shoot as was humanly possible. Bringing on an incredibly talented and experienced Director of Photography Dean Grey, (the only male crew member - lucky him) and the most creative (not to mention nicest) hair and makeup artist in the business, Mary Cuffe, this tiny crew used sleek tracking shots and classical compositions, drawing inspiration from the old masters, to create a very high end film on a low budget.
This is a voiceover lead film, with Bear Brooksbank talking about her work, ethos, and collections. Her unscripted reflections are illustrated with a behind the scenes look into her world - her studio, her notebooks, a consultation with a client. We move into a more impressionistic photoshoot sequence, where each collection is given a different personality, all relating subtly to female empowerment and a contemporary take on traditional ideas and aesthetics.
In the final collection, Bear’s earliest, our model Dionne takes control of the viewer’s gaze as she turns the camera on us to underline that her role is not passive. In some of the shorter versions of the 3 minute hero film, we use only the photoshoot footage Byron’s ‘She Walks In Beauty’ for the voiceover, read by Myanna Buring, (Twilight Saga; Kill List; Ripper Street) along with a haunting soundtrack. The trailer below gives a taste of the look and mood of the films.