Mar 20 2017

Great Guns introduces Sam Faulkner with the launch of his JD Williams new collection films out of Y&R

Online fashion store JD Williams “Spring into Summer” new campaign created by Y&R creative duo Pip Bishop and Chris Hodgkiss is directed by Great Gun’s newly signed Sam Faulkner.

The campaign is delivered in two parts: Spring and Summer. The first film to be released presents the JD Williams spring 2017 collection. The second film will be released later in the year.

“Spring” sees various models, including current brand ambassador Lorraine Kelly, jumping into shot in slow motion. Set against three variations of flower wall backdrops, the film brings beauty, style and energy to the brand, setting up for the seasonal change that’s just around the corner.

“JD Williams wanted their new campaign to be a departure from what they have been doing. – Says Sam Faulkner - Lorraine Kelly has been the face of JD Williams for several seasons. I was slightly nervous about how she would take to the idea of jumping on the trampoline. But she was a joy to work with. She literally leaped into it with both feet.

We wanted to create a fun, energetic film that captures the JD Williams spirit.

Shooting everything on the Phantom created beautiful slow motion. Slow motion adds an elegance and lightness to the jumping and flying. But it can also be unforgiven for every slight imperfection in a performance, that might be missed in real time, seems to linger for an eternity. So, we had to work hard with the models to make sure that their movement and expressions were spot on. For the models, the trampoline threw in an extra variable, they had a lot more to think about than just striking a pose or smiling to camera.

We built 6 huge stunning flower walls for the models to jump in front of. The Spring walls are made of beautiful English garden flowers whereas the summer film ones are more exotic and tropical. There was a team of 6 specialists working on the walls.

With the help of an Olympic trampoline athlete and a choreographer, we worked with the models to create believable but bold moves while seemingly floating in the air from their bounces. During our casting, we had a trampoline to put the models through their paces. It quickly became clear that not everyone could perform while bouncing. Some models who were on our short list had to be dropped because I realized that I wouldn’t be able to get a comfortable aerial performance from them. None of our models had much trampoline experience, fortunately we didn’t have any mishaps.

This was a fantastic first job with Great Guns.

Joining Great Guns has been a steep learning curve. While photography and film have a lot in common, working with a production company with the experience of Great Guns takes my film making to a new level.”

“We are always on the hunt for exceptional talent and Sam's body of work is exceptional. – Says Great Guns founder Laura Gregory - His passion projects, 'Cocaine Wars,’ his book, 'Unseen Waterloo,' combined with his photo journalist background result in a fearless approach to fashion and the people he shoots.”

Sam starts his career as a photographer before moving into moving images and has worked for an extensive list of major fashion brands, such as: Estee Lauder, Armani, Dolce&Gabbana, Accessorize, Versace, Burberry, Nestle, Michael Kors and Dior. He has worked with high profile names including: Katie Perry, Nichole Kidman, Kate Moss, Tilda Swinton, Rosie Huntington Whitley and Alessandra Ambrosio. This extensive experience in fashion photography translates beautifully on screen for his debut motion picture commercial.

His various journalistic passion projects have earned him: The Observer Hodge award, The Winston Churchill Memorial Fellowship, The British Journal of Photography Project Assistance Grant and The Getty Grant for two projects.

You can download the film here: JD Williams

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