Ball Park Music – ‘Surrender’

It’s a rare and satisfying thing to work with genuinely talented un-autotuned musicians (Holland being another exception). Even better when they give you free creative reign and then turn up on the day mustard-keen and comfort-zone-agnostic.

Such was the case with Brisbane geniuses Ball Park Music.  The first single from their impending second album release is ‘Surrender’.  They were in the middle of recording said album with master of all things analog, Matt Redlich at his new studio Grandma’s Place – a cosy wood-panelled labyrinth of vintage goodness that we couldn’t have outdone with a legion of art directors.  Matt was generous enough to offer the space for the shoot and even cameoed in one of the Hitchcock-zoom-reveals peppered throughout the clip.

With the recent addition of lens control to our invaluable camBLOCK motion-control rig (see Z-Flex Skatelapse), we could execute the famous Hitchcock-zoom (aka dolly-zoom) over slow, controlled takes.  It also gave us some nice multi-pass motion control for the second shoot day at a local Brisbane church – allowing us to stack the band members repeatedly to form the Ball Park Singers.

Throw in a bit of seed-raising motion-control timelapse overseen by Paul the Pied-Piper Horticulturalist (and keyboardist for the band), and plenty of ring-lit closeups and that’s ‘Surrender’.  Ball Park Music are an exceptional band, and proper-nice people deserving of all the success and exposure they can handle.

Director/DP/editor/colorist: Dan Graetz
Producer: Benjamin Evans
Motion-control technician/horticulturalist: Jaymis Loveday
Gaffer: Jack Moffatt
Camera assistant: Lachlan Hughes
Makeup: Sophie Fry
Makeup work experience:  Stephanie Holm & Allanah Cooper
Grip: Shane Graham
BTS/stills photographer: Jen Dainer
Compositing: Hans van Vliet for IVMotion