GQ Magazine, part of Conde Nast US, were asked to showcase the collaboration between two luxury brands; Range Rover and Swiss watch giants Zenith. To accompany the article we pitched the idea of making a series of short branded films with the central theme of “What it means to be a modern gentleman.”
The story was A day in the life of a modern gentleman. We proposed three situations to make up the three films and to express the brands key facets: a cafe scene in the morning to exhibit the unique white Zenith watch strap; a driving scene highlighting Range Rover’s association with the Zenith brand and GQ; finally a saloon bar to compliment the moody darker colour palette of the final watch in the range.
Our DOP, Anthony Lucas, wanted to create a realistic, everyday style with luxury at the heart. And what better location to tick those boxes than Brooklyn, New York? We used Brooklyn Bridge as our main inspiration, paralleling its industrial metallic structure with our everyday, functional, luxury items, a watch and a car. To keep the camera work organic, emphasising the realism yet still luxury and cinematic, we used an ARRI Alexa on an easy-rig.
Brooklyn based band - Grizzly Bear was our inspiration for the music track, its real, rough and ready folk with an urban feel. Our composer, Kevin Pollard, wrote and mastered a unique score for the films emulating these properties, driven by a blues lick that fitted in with the vintage style the films rightly deserved.
We had extensive discussions with the GQ regarding the casting, a model wouldn’t have the moodiness to carry our central character. No, we needed somebody embodying the role of modern gentleman with the right traits and experience. Luke Ditella, who’s look could be seen as an everyman but still carried himself in a charismatic manor. He fitted the profile, his passion for anything fast; cars, bikes, anything and a love of watches. His huge social media following of like-minded individuals may also have been part of the draw. Zenith and Range Rover love the campaign.
We sent Ben and Anthony; a Director - DP duo across the pond. These two have a history of making beautiful short films together and this series is no exception. We also used the overseas opportunity to extend the Pink Banana family by working with an all new US native crew. Local knowledge gave us perfect locations with just 2 days of planning.
Producer James Dartnall | Dircetor Ben Spilling | Director of Photography Anthony Lucas | Editor Vania Flaccomio