View from the crew
Fabio Guglielmelli, Director of Photography, NextShoot

The soaring athleticism and emotional rawness of Sergei Poluinin’s dancing in the video for Take Me to Church by Hozier really made an impact on me. The first time I watched it, as research, I didn’t focus for a second on how David Lachapelle had technically gone about shooting it. I was too caught up in Polunin’s performance to notice. No wonder this video of ballet’s celebrated bad boy had gone viral. In the spring of 2019 I was asked to lens a short portrait documentary about this world famous ballet dancer. The film would sit in series called Fashion Insiders. There was already a developed format: simply a voiceover from the protagonist, supported by beautiful imagery. It was a DoP’s dream brief.

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