Stan Walker – ‘Light It Up’

Sony approached us in mid-August to put together concepts for 2009 Australia Idol winner Stan Walker’s latest single ‘Light It Up’.  The brief was simple – ‘Stan on his own, and lots of pyro’.  After finding that a couple of simple propane cannons would consume over half the budget of the clip – we decided to go the DIY route and make the most of legal ‘consumer’ explosives (sparklers & party poppers).  Jaymis was simultaneously a kid-in-a-candy-shop and a bull-in-a-china-shop – attacking the project with his usual gusto and ninja-savant innovation.  Before long we were constructing our own Ruben’s Tubes (a YouTube sensation of recent times) but of course taking them up a notch by using 6 individual tubes – each triggered by separate stems of the song.  Add in some DMX audio triggered lighting effects and there you have it.  2 days before the shoot we found out a team of dancers would be turning up – and with an already packed shot list there was only one solution – RED Epic 300 frames-per-second. 7 days after the treatment we were shooting; 12 days after the shoot the clip was out.


Director: Dan Graetz
Producer: Benjamin Evans
Concept: Dan Graetz & Jaymis Loveday
Special Effects Artist: Jaymis Loveday
Lighting Director: Jen Dainer
Editor & Colorist: Dan Graetz
Camera operators: Benjamin Evans & Tristan Houghton
1st camera assist: Dan Maddock
2nd AC/Data wrangler: Dan Rice
Playback operators: Jaymis Loveday & Matt Nyhuis
Gaffer: Luc Cartillier
Gaffer assist: Qiu Yang
Grip: Chris Driutti
Grip assist: Matthew Mason
Special Effects Assistant: Martin Smith
Unit Manager: Rachel Liebenschmidt
Behind the scenes camera: Brian Loewe & Jay Topping