Good Morning is the first solo track by Ruslan, originally from theBREAX. The video was the fourth collaboration between Ruslan and writer-director Chris Aran. Good Morning was produced by Kings Dream and released on the the self titled album Ruslan.
Ruslan goes solo and it’s a Good Morning when he does
After having done a few projects with theBREAX both in California and New York, Ruslan struck out to do a solo project. He called me with some info on a return trip to New York City with dates for a few shows he would be playing here on the east coast. As was the case on Passion Art Yap Yap, the time was pretty limited but we had an idea to shoot in a few picturesque locations we hadn’t previously attempted.
Although we were going for a pretty strictly performance based video, I wanted to stray from the rougher hand held approach we’d done on the last project. We shot with a Canon 5D3 in the interest of speed and budget, and I used it on a Glidecam to get some really nice smooth shots.
Since the song was titled Good Morning, I wanted to shoot nice and early and finish at night. The video would be cut to show the duration of a full day from neighborhood to neighborhood.
Good Morning goes into the night | Ruslan’s first solo
We began with a gorgeous backdrop of the downtown Manhattan skyline from Brooklyn. Ruslan loved the view. I think it was his first time down there. After a few passes at the first verse of the song we packed up and headed to Chinatown. Once we arrived, we met up with some friends of his who helped us carry stuff and even made a small appearance in the video.
Chris Villafuerte came out to give me a hand per usual. Saved us pretty big as we were running around in the crowds down by Mott Street. We shot in a small alley that had some great color on the store front signage and got some pretty interesting looks from the locals. We wrapped up and jumped into Ruslan’s rental car and got trapped in the typical traffic on Canal street.
In a moment of silly inspiration I said “hey Ru, jump out and I’ll shoot you walking in traffic. Canal Street looks like a parking lot.” He thought I was kidding until he saw me jump out. His laughing, and pretty happy expressions during that part of the video was genuine because he wasn’t expecting to be doing what we were doing in live traffic.
We finished up our day in Soho. I loved the look and texture of the light on the brick streets down there at night. We broke out an Arri 750 plus open face lamp with a small chimera on it, powered off a little Honda 2000 watt generator to light him in the middle of the street. This last bit of performance would take us into a wrap on the video and a really nice dinner.
My schedule the next few weeks would be intense so I handed the footage off to Ruslan to edit and a few weeks later I saw the rough cut, made a few notes and by the time I saw the final cut, I loved what he’d done with it.
As Good Morning was the first solo track Ruslan approached me with, it was odd for me not seeing the other members of theBREAX but the good vibe was still there. The video was the fourth collaboration between us and certainly not the last.