John Mark McMillan’s “Future / Past” Live Performance Video

Just a few days ago John Mark Mcmillan released his first single, “Future / Past” from his upcoming independent release, “Borderland”. I collaborated with the Calnin Bros to shoot a live performance video that premieres today on Relevant TV in conjunction with the Itunes single release.

“Borderland speaks to the idea of the ‘place between places,’” says McMillan, “which is where I feel I’ve been living as a person, as an artist, and as a believer for a couple of years. While few things describe the Christian experience more than the ‘place between places,’ it is also a concept everyone can relate to. We all walk lines between work and family, love and responsibility, art and commerce, passion and business and so on. Many of these songs are my commentary from a life between the crevices and on the verge.”

Please click here to view the live performance video of Future/Past.  To view on Relevant TV click here. To purchase the track on Itunes please click here.

We shot this piece with two RED cameras using 24-70 zooms. Some of the close ups of John Mark were shot using a 35mm 1.4 Zeiss ZF lens. For lighting we wanted a simple approach and with quick falloff into the crowd so that the sense of space was larger and to give it an intimate feel.

Lighting List:

– (1) Skirted 20×20 Silk Overhead
– (4) Studio 2k Thru The Silk
– (7) Diffused Source Fours Overhead
– (3) Floor mounted Par Cans for Backlight


Director | Calnin Bros
Director of Photography | Adam Hobbs
Camera Operators | Adam Hobbs, Chris Calnin
Lighting Techinican | Rodney & Co.
DIT | Jacob Lewis
PA | Matt Clum, Scott Jones

*Still frames from the video below


Flagship // Break The Sky Behind the Scenes

The Calnin Bros and I teamed up again for Flagship’s latest single “Break the Sky” which is off their new record.  I’m grateful for the level of trust and working relationship that directors Chris, Nathaniel and I have been able to build.   We set out from the beginning knowing that we wanted a more free handheld look while playing with different color hues both in a natural space and with  additional lighting.

Here are some low rez screen grabs.

Living in Seoul you constantly see how the harsh neon and color light plays off the pale skin of Korean faces at night.  That inspiration along with long chats with Eric Hurtgen and many references from the Calnin’s was what lead to the color palette of “Break the Sky”.  The Calnin Bros have a great eye for locations and together we were able to find great spots with existing light that we could add just a little bit here or there to encourage or motivate a feeling with hues of red, green, or blue.  It was a very organic experience… driving around to places that I have previously seen only now with other influences I felt like I was seeing these locations with a new approach.

The performance part of the video was more traditionally lit with various sources.  Color was used to give a visual link to locations during the narrative part of the video.

Flagship / Break The Sky from Chris Calnin & Nathaniel Calnin on Vimeo.

DIRECTOR | Calnin Bros
DP | Adam Hobbs
ART DIRECTOR | Eric Hurtgen
COOR PRO | Misty Arnold
MAKE-UP | Renee Goodwin Heroy
STYLIST | Cigi Guz
COLOR | Jacob Lewis
GIRL | Megan Scott
AC | Zach Whiteside
STEADICAM | Collin Scouten
GAFFER | Alan Pickelsimer
PHOTOGRAPHER | Anna Naphtali
PA | Mat Clum, Scott Jones, Angie Synan, Kendra Sands
CLIENT | Bright Antenna Records

// Technical //
Camera – RED
Lenses – Cooke S4 and Zeiss ZF
*Handheld and Steadicam operation

You can purchase Flagship’s new album directly through there label Bright Antenna.

All Behind the Scenes photography by Anna Naphtali