Buck’n Crazy: “Heartbreak Song”

Director/DP/Editor/Colorist: Jason R. Johnston
Shot on Sony PXW-FS7 Mark II with Sirui anamorphic lenses in 1.5 days.

I am proud that the music film I directed for Heartbreak Song is a production that looks really big, but was actually created with a very small budget on a very tight 1 day schedule. The crew was only 3 people – myself, Brenda the AD, and Jacqueline the stylist – but we managed to give the film huge production value by having a great band, at a great location, with great extras who brought their huge trucks for the “tailgate” and volunteered to monitor our generator that kept the place lit. I used an inexpensive anamorphic lens on my FS7 camera to achieve an extremely cinematic look, then edited the film in Final Cut Pro and graded it with Color Finale Pro. It premiered on social media with fantastic success.

Over 15K views on YouTube.

Run Time5 min 27 seconds
Aspect Ratio2.35∶1
CameraSony PXW-FS7 Mark II
LensesSIRUI E 35mm f/1.8 1.33x anamorphic
Production CompanyFifty Oars Motion Pictures
Negative FormatXAVC-I (DCI 4K)
Cinematographic ProcessProRes 422 HQ (DCI 4K)

By Jason R. Johnston

Jason is an award-winning cinematographer, and director of commercials, branding films, native content, music videos, documentaries, and narrative films. As a full-time freelancer, he can be hired to DP or direct almost any project you have in mind. He is based in Sparta, Tennessee, and ready to travel for any gig.