Objective: Produce a cinematic music video for 5ALVO’s new release From Alone
Location: Chicago, IL
Completed: August 2018
Principal Photography: 2 Days
Love conquers all? “From Alone” is a song about love and loss, and we knew the music video had to support and amplify the message. This is more than a story about a couple going through the ups and downs of their relationship; we wrote character arcs for both protagonists, allowing the audience to see the inevitable coming even as the main character does not.
No actors. We wanted to work with a real couple and as it happened, 5ALVO, a.k.a., Daniel Chopovsky, and his girlfriend Valerie were up for the task! Although not professional actors, we knew that with the right direction, they could convey the emotions of the relationship rollercoaster. And sure enough, they crushed it.
Places, everyone! Once we had our storyline, we went about securing locations. They had to fit the script, be close enough together to accommodate our hectic schedule, lit well enough to minimize time spent loading/unloading lighting gear, and of course, be available!
So vintage. The video called for a nostalgic look to mirror the protagonist’s feelings about the past. The Kowa Anamorphic cinema lenses, made in Japan in the 1970s, gave us the low contrast and warm color we needed. We mated these beauties to the Arri Alexa Mini cinema camera, ideal with its 4:3 sensor and unmatched dynamic range. The resulting wide image gave us the flexibility we needed to tell the story. And those lens flares…
And go! 2 days. 6 locations. 15 setups. Our crew of 6 had their hands full but all our planning paid off and the footage was as good as we’d hoped!
From Alone: Spotify
Director: Max Chopovsky
Producer: Lisa Wunsch
Director of Photography: Max Chopovsky
Assistant Camera: Mac Kozi
2nd Asistant Camera: Jeff Lintz
Gaffer: Joel Flory
Production Assistant: Braxton Klavins
Editor: Max Chopovsky
Colorist: Jeff Lintz
Jim Jacoby and Molly Currey
Jimmy Beans Coffee
Chicago Park District
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