Room to Breathe


Music Video


Ryan Grams – Director / Director of Photography / Editor / Colorist
Derek Swanson – Assistant Director (Minneapolis Shoot) / Camera Operator
Mariah Harrison – Camera Operator / Assistant Editor / Assistant Colorist
Paul Leonetti – Camera Operator / Assistant Editor
Tim Schrader – Camera Operator

Cameras: Sony A7s, Panasonic GH4, Panasonic GH3
Lenses: Sigma 18-35mm f1.8, Sigma 50mm f1.4, Tokina 11-16mm, Canon 80-200mm f2.8, Tamron 24-70mm f2.8
Gear: Steadicam Merlin, Metabones Speedbooster

The Fifth Service asked me to direct the music video for their first single “Room to Breathe”. We had been tossing around different music video styles we liked, but it wasn’t until I was on a flight to LA and saw an ad for Chvrches’ new album that we had found our stylistic true north.

Our 1.5 day shoot was split between shooting in Minneapolis, on a black backdrop, and on the stage. The one week turnaround was also a great opportunity for a collaborative edit with Paul Leonetti handling the live performance footage, Mariah Harrison tackling the edit and color on the Minneapolis footage, and myself compositing the studio footage and bringing the final edit and color together.

Once you’ve been entranced by the music video, you’ll probably need to get the rest of the album on iTunes.