Carla Gebhard

The Artist

The Brief

Carla is a watercolour artist living on the coast of Thornton-Cleveleys. Her beautiful work ranges from intimate pet portraits to brand identity and packaging work and more recently, children’s book illustration. We took on the challenge of bringing all of this together, along with everything she stands for and her reasons for doing what she’s doing and packaging it up into a brand film that she can use for the foreseeable future. 

The Outcome

We created a 3 minute mini-doc that highlights everything from her inspirations to her love of animals and so much more. We endeavoured to allow Carla’s personality to carry us through the film, and struck a balance between the peaceful nature of her work and her love for the simple things in life whilst also being engaging and inspiring to watch.

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Pre-Production

The majority of our pre-production was spent getting to know Carla – her reasons for doing what she’s doing, how it started and where she wants to go. Our goal was to create the most true, authentic film we could for Carla; something she could be proud of for years to come, and this required us to truly understand her and her work.

Production

We sent a full day with Carla. Our time was split between an hour long interview, where we just placed a microphone between us and her and chatted. We wanted her answers to be real and un-scripted so just having a chat made everyone feel comfortable and open. We then proceeded stage a few scenes involving her artwork and seeing her working in her natural environment. Because Carla is so heavily inspired by nature, we decided to go for a walk along the seafront and her animals are huge inspirations for her, too, so we had to include them!

Post-Production

Our main goal was to allow Carla to be the driving force within the film; her words, reasons, and inspirations needed to guide the visual story we were telling. For this reason we started with her interview and spent many hours combing through it all and piecing together her story. We then decided on the music we wanted to use – something subtle and emotionally driven was chosen so as to not ‘get in the way’. Once the audio elements were chosen and laid down, the visuals kind of took care of themselves!

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