The moving spot follows as a young woman as she narrates her personal
make-up journey, arriving at the ultimate reasons why it is so special
Running alongside her thought-provoking narrative,
viewers watch as the woman walks through a landscape of changing
seasons. The grass begins in rich in shades of green while flowers
transition into full-bloom, a clever and eloquent representation of the
woman’s own feelings at each stage of her relationship with make-up, and a contarst to the stark autumnal tree that she arrives at towards the end of the spot.
final frame then reveals a strikingly beautiful moment as the leaves of
the symbolic oak tree seemingly float up from the ground and return to
the bare branches in an array of striking autumnal colours.
Colourist James Bamford comments; “We had lengthy chats with Jeff Labbe
about how the direction should go with the grade in order to maintain
the narrative visually through every element.
Our biggest focus
was really bringing out the contrasting dormant-feel of autumn, pushing back
the greens as the spot developed. We wanted to keep the look as
cinematic as possible, and really played with the printed film visual. We
added a grain to give it texture and maintain the desired feel
Another challenge was to maintain the color of the
leaves, particularly in the final wide frame. The tree, in reality, was
not in autumn and so we manipulated a lot of the colors to reflect those
emotive autumnal shades whilst also using a lot of support in flame to
get the right look to the shot.
The 8mm cutaways were also
another collaborative idea with Jeff Labbe; he wanted to contrast the
soft focus of the running film with moments that felt like they were
from another world.”