I spend most of my time amidst the hustle and bustle of city life. There is one place I can go though that has the ability to bring a sense of calm and tranquility.
My wife's parents live in Casterton, Victoria, Australia, a remote farming town that is steeped in natural beauty at every turn.
I decided to create this little short to try and showcase the beauty of the place through the eyes of my son, who is in a state of wonder from the moment he awakes (and plays with his beloved wind up musical horses) to the end of the day when the sun dramatically drops.
Back in 2015, I had the pleasure of working with Oyster Magazine to Direct the 'We Are The Makers' series for the iconic Strand Arcade; an iconic mainstay of Sydney retail that champions Australian craft and design.
Among the many brands that I worked with, Artisan Shoemaker Andrew McDonald made a lasting impression, with his incredible product producing a tactile and visceral quality that I found incredibly inspiring.
"Odyssey" delves into the mind and creativity of Andrew to showcase an interwoven tapestry of stories. Each story represents a narrative that will only see its subject reach their destiny with the help of McDonald's craft and product. He is inspired by them, and his work completes them.
A stellar cast, including Astrid Holler (who has worked with the likes of Burberry Prorsum, Marni, Dries Van Noten, Lanvin, and famously opened for Alexander Wang at NYFW) each provide scenes with different values that each represent Andrew's core brand values.
Produced by In The Thicket, and with Creative skills of Sean Gaji, and the amazing work of DOP Andrew Buckley, I am excited to share this body of work that makes a foray into Fashion Film with a TVC/Short Film approach and sensibility.
Director: Lester Jones
Made in conjunction with/for Andrew McDonald.
Produced with In The Thicket Productions.
Written By: Lester Jones and Sean Gaji
Edited By: Lester Jones/Charlie Wheeler
DOP/Colourist: Andrew Buckley
The Icon: Astrid Holler
Wearing: Dress by Marc LeBihan, and necklace by Aleksandr Manamis, courtesy of Utopia Store, Sydney
The Dancer: Paul Walker
Wearing: Alxander Manamix, courtesy of Utopia Store, Sydney
The Lovers: Sarah Carter and Nikolai Carter
She wears: Shirt from Rollas, and Jeans from Neuw Denim
He wears: Shirt, jacket and Jeans from Neuw Denim
The Adventurer: Hareth Tayem
He wears: Neuw Denim and Rollas
Drone Photography: Cam Batten, Axis Aerial Works