Getting the most out of a white backdrop

Music Video

Final Result Introduction Earlier this year I shot a music video with director Joakim Gustafsson and musician Kris Lempiäinen. Kris plays all of the instrument in his song so we wanted to make the concept of the music video based on that. The concept we came up with was quite simple but I am also very happy with the result, and our method for doing it was a little different than what you would assume looking at the video. [Read More]

Building a photo booth-set

Short film

Final Result My face when I realised there was only one camera setup Scene from the finished film Introduction This blog will be a little less on the cinematography-side than my other posts, but it is still relevant for anybody interested in cinematography. This time I will tell you about how we constructed the set for the film - Image. [Read More]

Creating a high-end look with no lights

Case study of a low-budget commercial

The Video Before we get into the details, take a look at the finished result below! Because of different reasons I had to censor large parts of the video, so it is very fractured. Introduction I was asked by Najka Pictures to shoot a commercial for a new app called Togee. The finished film would be used to bring in investors. Most of the film was going to take place outdoors and one of the main goals was to give a joyous feeling about the app. [Read More]

Lighting breakdown - Guard the Robe

Short film breakdown

Final Result I’d love to show you the final film before the breakdown as I usually do but unfortunately it’s still making the festival rounds. In light of that, I’ve added some stills. Introduction Last year I shot a short about identity directed by Victor Von Schirach.We only had access to the location for one night, so the focus was on quick quality, all in all the location was two rooms in a hotel suite and it all takes place at night. [Read More]

Low budget car rig - mini-post

First test I’ve been working on a short film together with a group of actors who are producing it independently, out of their own pockets. This means that the budget for the film was in the lower (or non-existent) micro budget range. We had a scene taking place in a car that cross-cut with another scene at a hospital. I wanted to get the scene inside the car to be something more dynamic than just sitting in the passenger seat and shooting the driver, but since there was no real budget to speak of, getting a grip or any sort of “real” car rig was out of the question. [Read More]

Lighting breakdown - music video

The Soul Exchange - Vow of Seth

The Video Before we get into the details, I figure you might be interested in seing the results. Take a look and continue reading below when you’re finished! Introduction I’ve always appreciated reading about how things are actually done behind the scenes, so it seems just right that I would share my own experiences and thoughts when going about a project. I will do a breakdown of four scenes from the music video and give you my thoughts on how and why we chose to light this way. [Read More]