I Can’t Sleep is the second video I’ve created with Brisbane hip hop artist Tu Pham, shot over 48 hours in several locations around Brisbane.
The song is a very personal insight into the pressures of modern day living, further complicated by Tu’s juggle of being a medical doctor by day and hip hop artist by night.
Tu had a clear idea of the narrative and associated images he wanted to capture. This made it easier for us to develop a script, shot list and schedule for the two days we’d have to shoot over the weekend before Tu returned to his daytime gig as a GP. With the song being based on his life, we were able to find and maximise real locations based between Tu’s home and the university hospital at which he works.
I particularly enjoyed the lighting challenges for the early morning and night scenes, where we employed newly purchased LED lights. These performed beautifully on limited circuits and in small spaces, which otherwise would have turned into ovens on slow roast if we’d used traditional tungsten lighting.
Video was shot in HD on a 5D Mark III with the Canon EF 28-70mm f/2.8L, EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II and Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM. Post in Adobe Premiere.