Back in August we had the immense pleasure of filming the music video for Thom Donovan's new single 'Shipwreck', featuring the exquisitely talented and lovely Ruby Amanfu. When Thom approached us with the track he had co-written with Wyclef Jean a couple months prior to filming, we had loved the haunting nature of the lyrics and music right away. Married with Ruby's vocal performance, we knew we wanted to dive in creatively to the project. We spent the next several weeks researching the origin of the lyrics (based on the epic poem 'The Tragedy of Romeus and Juliet, which precedes Shakepeare's 'Romeo & Juliet') and then put together the treatment, sent it to Thom, and crossed our fingers.
Thom loved the treatment and gave us the green light to begin pre-production on the project and our first call was to the Nashville Ballet. We knew we wanted to utilize some of their company members to help tell the story and thankfully Mollie Sansone, Jon Upleger, Keenan McLaren, Alex Meister, and Julia Eisen all said yes! Chris Stuart, also an NB company member, agreed to work with us to choreograph the dancers and he was just the right fit to help us execute our vision for the track. Secondly we needed to make sure to schedule the shoot when Ruby would be available as we knew her on screen performance would be powerful and beautiful and we wanted to do whatever we could to have her there.
We continued to reach out to everyone we knew would be the best fit to work with us on the video and landed the perfect team. To add to Tony's directing and my producing, we brought on Stephen Moss for lighting design and Susannah Smith White who made hair/makeup magic and the rest of our creative family all came together in just the right way to set up a great day of filming.
Key Grip TIMOTHY DITZLER Lighting Assistant EMILY YEAKLE Assistant to the Director REBECCA WHITWORTH Assistant to the Producer GABRIELLE TOLEDO Sound and Playback Operator TANNER ROMAN Dress Designer for Ruby Amanfu MATT LOGAN Wardrobe Assistant GABRIELLE GENITO Hair and Makeup Assistant JULIE HIGGINBOTHAM Location Assistant and Slate HEATHER CRAMSIE Production Assistant REBECCA NELSON Production Assistant TINA MASCARO Intern CARA TILGHMAN
Above is a little behind the scenes video from the shoot and below some stills from set and a stop motion video of our setup and shoot days! Check it out and then take a look at the OFFICIAL VIDEO for Thom Donovan's 'Shipwreck'. It was such a joy to work on this project and we are so happy to share it with you. Thom's new record drops February 2014. Be sure to check it out.
A hyper speed look at our setup and day of shooting