Album Threat Level Pink
CREWDIRECTOR, EDITOR: Jason Kraynek | CINEMATOGRAPHY: Jason Kraynek, Sebastien Audinelle | STEADICAM: Sebastien Audinelle | STORY: Samantha, Jason Kraynek, Sebastien Audinelle | ACTRESS: Sarah Luna | GRIPS: Julie Rondeau, Josh Romero
The band Samantha wanted to shoot a music video for their song “Thieves” in 2011, I met them through a mutual friend and my steadicam operator Sebastien Audinelle. With a rough idea of what they were looking for, a video feeling like the classic Marilyn Manson “Beautiful People” video by director Floria Sigismondi, the band gave me the track and let me come up with a story around the visuals of my harsh lighting style. I ended up with a treatment somewhat resembling a mix of stories from “Alice in Wonderland” to “the Ring” films, with my signature change-up and different thought process linking the videos front to the back once viewed.
The video was shot in the basement of a recording practice warehouse in Chicago over the course of 2 full days. Day one consisted of the bands performance shots and individual shots, day two was made up of all the story shots with Sarah. Sticking pretty clearly to the storyboards to follow what the concepts we came up with were on set, we managed to get everything we wanted in the allowed time and minimal crew/gear.
In post production I tried to assemble the story elements first before inserting the performance shots, Sebastien came up with a color treatment that i used as a best for the final comp. We had issues with the Magic Bullet Denoiser program crashing so much that the final version of the video had to be saved as a 720p file as the original 1080p file became corrupt with changing computers and losing the original renders.
Jason has recently joined our production team and his work has surpassed our expectations. He’s an inspiring photographer with a strong work ethic. He has brought fresh ideas and a new perspective to all the projects he has worked on. His wide range of experience allows him to contribute to many stages of the production process, (photography, video, lighting, sound, editing, etc.).
It has been a pleasure working with Jason and look forward to continued collaboration in the future
Freelance Steadicam and Camera Operator --Sebastien Audinelle