The Rose

03rd May 2011, in Blog (27 Comments)

Photography and Motion Picture (films) have a close but tense relationship. Like bickering brothers. Sure people think that because you’re already a lens person so you can switch between mediums easily. But this is not true. Photographers often get film horribly wrong. A film scene may be intensely art-directed and meticulously framed but they often lack that sticky stuff which binds reel to reel and audience to screen: a proper story. The model might be hot but she’s not acting, she’s been sexy up a tree trunk. There’s a big difference between tugging emotional strings and filming a fashion editorial cut to The XX. Karl Lagerfeld’s recent foray into short film could be the best examples of anemic plots featuring over-indulged models trying to be Hollywood (Not many people know Lagerfeld is also a photographer and shoots campaigns for both Chanel and Fendi).

So when I first decided to dip my toes in that vast pool of moving stills (you see, ever the photographer first), I followed a road laid by some proven photographer-directors who’s style I admire: the Aveillan’s and Darlings of this world. Bruno Aveillan because of the sensual dousing of motion and metaphor in ads for Louis Vuitton and Lanvin. And Jeffery Darling because of his gift for these wandering snapshot montages. Just take a look at the work he’s done for Diners Club.

Back to The Rose. When I started writing it, I told myself just to treat it as an experiment. And now it’s ended up as something I really enjoy. I try to see it as a crossover between the eye-meltingly sensual language of the classic french perfume piece (see ads like Slip Into / Oxygen) mixed with a Parisian charm and mystery you find in french films like Amélie.

I hope you enjoy it. The Rose:

I wanted to shoot both video and stills of this story so the idea could also extend into print or an editorial. Here are the stills:


Director & DOP/Photographer: Andrew Brauteseth
With Ansellia Adams as ‘Anna’ ( @Ansellia from Outlaws Cape Town)
Styling by Catherine Bowen ( @catherinebowen )
Make-up Natalie Roos ( @NatalieRoos )
Assisted by Shaun Bond ( @shaunfrancbond ) and Eeden La Grange ( @eeden_lg )
Voice of Xavier Dewarimez
Music by Yann Tiersen
Equipment supplied by Photohire Cape Town (incredible new Briese Lights)


May 3, 2011 8:27 am

Miss Moss (@miss_moss)

very very nice, well done.

May 3, 2011 11:19 am

Ms B

…how special to be part of your forray into motion! Thank you Mr B. Can’t wait to see the evolution, KissKiss

May 3, 2011 11:21 am

Cannonball Blonde (@canonballblonde)

Wow, simple & beautiful … and lovely narrative … great work! :)

May 3, 2011 11:26 am

Eeden la Grange (@eeden_lg)

This is beyond amazing! Love, love, love the music. Well done!

May 3, 2011 11:45 am

Murray Mitchell (@muzzling)

Very nice Andrew, dig the DOF segments.

May 3, 2011 11:47 am

Emma Jackson (@missemmajude)

Andrew, this is absolutely beautiful. It has come together magnificently.

Anna is also one smokin’ woman. Wow! And Xavier Dewarimez’ voice? It could melt butter.

Well, well done!

May 3, 2011 12:17 pm


breathtaking pal – simply breathtaking !!!

May 3, 2011 12:27 pm

Euni (@@driverphoto)

Absolutely amazing work … love it !!

May 3, 2011 2:27 pm

Juliet McGuire (@julietmc)

Just wonderful!!!!

May 3, 2011 3:17 pm

Snoddie (@@snoddie)

Beautiful bro. Really well done

Now stop making us normal people who can’t shoot as well look silly ha ha

May 3, 2011 3:49 pm

myles (@MylesHoppe)

Awesome work Mr B.

May 3, 2011 5:23 pm

Lucas R Adams (@@Lucas_Adams)

Very very nice Ladies & gents!

May 3, 2011 8:40 pm

Mitchell Geere (@mitchell_geere)

Very nicely done Brau! Checkout this song and the original I am sure you will find some stunning visuals to use with this. :)

Aussi, la voix de Xavier était parfait pour ça! (Xav Salut!)

May 3, 2011 8:42 pm

Talya (@TalyaGoldberg)

so beautiful!

May 3, 2011 9:34 pm

Lameen (@@escapecaffe)

Well Done ! Just like a pro. If you’re up for it, you can do one on the passion of great coffee in BW at our caffe – shameless, but no harm in asking, eh!

May 4, 2011 7:30 am


Tu est belle

May 4, 2011 9:01 am

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May 4, 2011 3:22 pm

Zayeen Daniels

WOW! STUNNING pics and themes and …. Well Done to all!

May 5, 2011 8:15 am

mark Humphrey

stunning is all I can say

May 5, 2011 10:06 am

Robs (@@robynhobson)

Seriously stunning. Well done :)

May 5, 2011 2:41 pm


Congratulation Andrew, 100 seconds that touch my senses.

May 10, 2011 11:24 am

Mark Stead

For your first movie you’ve managed to make it look like you do this type of thing all the time. Very nice.

May 17, 2011 3:41 pm

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July 27, 2011 9:37 am

Kate van Onselen (@@kvolive)

saw this on iconology a while ago. inspired me to experiment a bit with my enchantment shoot, I lacked the ability to work with less is more though. practice practice practice. awesome work

September 18, 2012 8:28 pm

Faron kee

For now, stick with stills. You are great at that!

June 12, 2013 2:32 am


Amazing work. I already shared on my FB page, and I hope that you will do more work like that! Good luck to you!

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