How You Shot It: The Elliots – Desolate by Anders Lönnfeldt
Anders Lönnfeldt (http://www.anderslonnfeldt.com) is a freelancing photographer / cinematographer / filmmaker living in Helsinki, the capital of Finland. Today he tells us how he shot this beautiful music video for the Swedish band “The Elliots”:
I was glad when the Swedish band The Elliots contacted me and asked if I wanted to make a music video for them. The conditions were to shoot a music video without the band, since they are located in Sweden and I in Finland. It sounded challenging and I knew that I wanted to do it.
I started out the process by listening to the song over and over again, trying to understand what they were singing about and what my personal interpretation was. Since the song is about existentialism, I wanted to create a video around that theme. After countless sleepless nights I finally came up with the idea, about 4 am in the morning. Suddenly all the pieces fell in place.
The idea was to tell a simple story in the beautiful Finnish winter landscape with one actor and everything in super slow motion. Lars von Trier’s film Melancholia was a huge inspiration for me when making this video.
I started to think about locations, and all the best locations seemed to be close to my hometown of Raseborg, where I then chose to shoot 90 percent of the video. The last 10 percent was shot in Helsinki, in my apartment and outside in a nearby park.
I also wanted a lot of sunlight to get authentic lens flare throughout the whole video. I have never been luckier with the weather during a shoot: the weather was perfect during all three days of shooting. I also wanted it to snow, but apparently that was too much to ask for, but I managed to fix that in post-production. My equipment was quite modest. I shot the video with my Canon 550D and mostly with my cheap Canon 50mm F/1.8. That lens gave the best lens flares, so that’s why I chose to use it.
The post production process was a slow and time-consuming process since everything needed to be rendered into slow motion. Obviously, I shot the video in slow motion but since I wanted the footage to be even slower I had to slow it down even more afterwards.
Enough said! :D Take a look at the result: