Sam Johnson 'Changes' by Luke Logan
Luke Logan has directed a cinematic yet intimate video for Sam Johnson, which incorporates elements of the singer's personal history into the body of his heartfelt performance of his song Changes.
Filmed in the Lancashire countryside - in testing weather conditions - Johnson discovers home video of his early life beamed onto old TVs mysteriously situated in a dark wood, and then showered with photos and Polaroids from the family's photo albums in a field. It is impressively captured by Paul Mortlock's cinematography, and makes for an appealing showcase for the Shropshire-born singer-songwriter.
And making the video clearly made a big impression on Sam Johnson himself, as he explains here.
It maps the whole history of my life... I will keep it close to my heart for a very long time.
“I never thought I’d say my favourite video shoot to date would be in a rainy forest near Bolton at four in the morning, but alas this year has produced far stranger revelations," he says the Changes video shoot. "We had everything from the joys of erecting a 12-foot pole designed to rain polaroid’s down on me from the sky in near lightning conditions, to powering a dozen old vintage TV’s in the rain without blowing them up.
"It all made for a shoot that definitely kept us all on our toes and one that I will never forget. It’s a video that maps the whole history of my life and one that I will keep close to my heart for a very long time.”
The resulting film made Sam's mum (and Carrie Sutton) cry so it was worth the tribulations!
"Making this film has been the sort of challenge I love. The idea was to tell Sam's life story in a way that felt otherworldy and incongruous. Production involved some resourceful thinking even before the added complications of Covid lockdowns and the mother of all lightning storms, which meant the shoot dates had to move more than once.
"However producer Joe Vickers worked his usual magic and managed to pull together a really talented crew for both shoot dates. A 6am de-rig on a muddy hill in the pouring rain was certainly a test for even the hardiest of Lancastrians. But the resulting film made Sam's mum (and Carrie Sutton) cry so it was worth the tribulations!"
|Production Manager||Tomos Pierce|
|1st AD||Tomos Pierce|
|Director of Photography||Paul Mortlock|
|Focus Puller||Sam James|
|2nd AC||Andy Perch|
|2nd AC||James France|
|Grading company||Coffee & TV|
|VFX||Richard Van De Steenoven|
|Other credits||CAM TRAINEE: ZARA MANTLE ELECTRICIANS: DIONNE GRAILEY, CHRIS BIRD RIG OP/CONSTRUCTION: MARK WILSON AV TECHNICIAN: JONNY OPO RUNNERS: ALEX GATTWARD, JESS SWEETENHAM, JESS STERN, NAEEM ALNAJAR SECURITY: ROLL CAMERA SECURITY BTS PHOTOGRAPHER: RICH REASON THANKS: BLAIR @ THE GRAFT, CHRIS @ DROP CITY, MIKE @ PANAVISION, NEURON PRO AV|
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