Christine And The Queens 'Saint Claude' by J.A.C.K.
A combination of excellent choreography, a variety of creative camera angles and a sublime performance from the artist propels this simple set-up to greater heights.
J.A.C.K.'s promo for Christine & The Queens' Saint Claude focusses on the French band's frontwoman as she turns in a brilliant routine with only a cameraman for company...
"We started envisioning the film from a video that Christine had emailed us. She filmed herself with her cell phone, alone in her hotel room, while she was dancing to St Claude’s music. We wanted to keep the raw initial emotion of that performance real, and so it became our guideline throughout the making of the film.
"The challenge of the shooting was to let the choreography live on its own and to let Christine express herself with as few constraints as possible in order to obtain the same raw emotion. To achieve this, we used different technical means to allow the perspective to be as close to the dance as possible. Sometimes the camera was fixed on a crane to emphasise the aspirations of the dance moves and at times it was hooked to a stabilised harness, held by the chief cameraman. They were the only two on the stage and during those moments, Christine’s solitary choreography transformed into an intimate dance with the camera.
"This quest for ingenuity was pushed to its limits. We used very sleek editing, deprived of an excess of cuts, and the effects of distortion added to Christine were played with to highlight the dancing and enrich her belief in the strangeness of bodies. For the lighting and the décor, we intended for the viewer to be mesmerized by the black spot that is Christine throughout the whole clip.
"We set up the project in close parallel with the artist. On the shoot day, she stunned us all as she endlessly performed the same choreography with the same energy, power and emotion both in her movements and in her eyes. It was a very great pleasure to work with her."
|Production Company||Wanda Productions|
|Director of Photography||Dylan Doyle|
|Executive Producer||Celine Roubaud|
|Production Manager||Mélodie Buchris|
|Production Assistant||Solene Collon|
|1st AD||Fabrice Jeandemange|
|Post Producer||Sarah Delorme|
|Post production company||Park Village|
|SFX Supervisor||Armel Cessa|
|Production Coordinator||Kim Shewy|
|Production Supervisor||Emilie Palet|
|1st AC||Vincent Reinhard|
|2nd AC||Arthur Chassaing|
|Set Decorator||Emmanuelle Thevin|
|Head Electrician||Amida Belgharbi|
|Head Grip||Thibaut Guesnois|
|Hand Double||Julie Thorey|
Last April, directing duo J.A.C.K.'s video for Christine and the Queens' Saint Claude was all about Christine's brilliant, FX-enhanced dance performance on a plinth in an all-red studio.
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