John Smith

Mini artist-film about a heartfelt song for a friend.

An artist mini-doc with John Smith describing what it is that went into writing his song ‘Sanctuary’ from his album ‘The Fray’. Featuring only natural light from the stained glass windows of Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral and shot on vintage glass for that warm and diffracted look.

We asked John to improv some guitar chords and pickings in the huge atrium of the cathedral to get that expansive space and sound. We then used this as a soundtrack underneath the film. Leaving the iconic riff of the song until that moment the emotion builds.

Artist Film
Shot on vintage Helios 44-4M glass.


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