NOTHING COMPARES 2 U

Sarah Walk

For this Nothing Compares 2 U music video, I wanted to find a way to re-frame the song to give it a new life and meaning. It’s always been interpreted as a song about a romantic relationship, but when I was listening to the lyrics, I was really struck by the opening line ‘it’s been 7 hours and 13 days’ – a lyric that suggests each passing hour is a feat and triumph. This made me think about sobriety and the struggles of temptation and addiction, resistance and possibility. I thought this was an important story to tell, particularly now, when so many people are struggling with mental health challenges from isolation and lack of adequate resources due to COVID-19. I wanted to zoom in on one moment of resilience that may have otherwise gone unseen.

We shot this video at night throughout Los Angeles and I was fortunate to have an incredible team pull together to make it possible. Arne Gjelten, who played the lead, is such an incredible actor who was completely committed to the character and bringing out his dynamic emotional experience. Kyle Smolic, (DP) had the idea of rigging the camera to the outside of the car to get that horizontal shot of Arne in the rear-view mirror and the side of the car. We had Arne drive around rather aimlessly to get into character as we all followed behind him in our own cars. The director, Daniel Smith Coleman, was hunched over in the backseat of the car while he drove, and we also got a few shots with the camera in the back and in the passenger seat. I was so mesmerized by Arne’s ability to show so much emotional versatility just in his facial expression, and his commitment to the character throughout the entire night.

– Sarah Walk

DIRECTOR

Daniel Smith Coleman

CREW

PRODUCER
PRODUCER
CINEMATOGRAPHER
GAFFER
KEY GRIP
1ST. AC
2ND. AC
BTS

Sarah Walk
Daniel Smith Coleman
Kyle Smolic
Cole Spritz
Adam Hutsell
Duy Nguyen
Jeffrey Taylor
Theodore Schaefer

PRODUCER: Zoe Travis
PRODUCER: Daniel Smith Coleman
PRODUCER: Sarah Walk
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Carissa Dorson
Editor: D.W. Thomas
1ST AC: Melisse Sporn
2ND AC: Erica Chan
STEADICAM: Idan Menin
KEY GRIP: Rene Yescas
G&E SWING: Dana Fytelson
GAFFER: Tiara Olson
H/MU: Jessica Taylor
PROD. DESIGNER: Diahann McCrary
BTS: Tayler Robinson
PROD. ASSISTANT: Amanda Hinkley
PROD. ASSISTANT: Mark Renaudin

TALENT

Arne Gjelten

BTS