Jimmy Brown - 7th May 2014

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...

J.A.C.K.:

"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."

PRO Credits

Credits

DirectorJ.A.C.K.
Production CompanyWanda Productions
Director of PhotographyDylan Doyle
Executive ProducerCeline Roubaud
Production ManagerMélodie Buchris
Production AssistantSolene Collon
1st ADFabrice Jeandemange
Post ProducerSarah Delorme
SFX SupervisorArmel Cessa
EditorDavid Poucet
HairLaure Gaudou
Make-upDébora Émy
ChoreographerCathy Ematchoua
Production CoordinatorKim Shewy
Production SupervisorEmilie Palet
1st ACVincent Reinhard
2nd ACArthur Chassaing
Set DecoratorEmmanuelle Thevin
PropsZacharie Cortes
Head ElectricianAmida Belgharbi
ElectricianNicholas Cadot
ElectricianEric Meurice
Head GripThibaut Guesnois
GripGrégoir Tomat
GripVladamir Duranovic
Hand DoubleJulie Thorey

Jimmy Brown - 7th May 2014

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