Black & White Music Video: Caleb Minter Gone Too Soon

Caleb Minter asked me to create a black & white music video for his single ‘Gone Too Soon,’ which is dedicated to his older brother Clarence Minter Jr. who was killed by gun violence.


The black & white Music Video for Caleb Minter’s single “Gone Too Soon”. The single is available in ALL DIGITAL STORES (iTunes, Google Play, Spotify etc.)

Directed and edited by Chicago Filmmaker and Music video director John Gress. Shot with a Canon C100, 5D Mark III Magic Lantern RAW, DJI Ronin M, Zeiss ZE and Canon L lenses. Shot on location in Chicago.

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Chicago Black & White Music Video Director Behind The Scenes

I took this opportunity to deploy my Filmtools car mount rig and while I shot most of the video with my Canon C100, I decided to use my Canon 5D Mark III for these shots, because I could shoot the footage in RAW by using MagicLantern’s firmware. This turned out to be very helpful because it allowed me to bring up the reflection in the car a full stop while preserving the highlights in the rest of the scene.

There were many shots where I wanted a visceral feel that made the viewer feel like they were there so for those moments I hand held the camera. You can see these shots in the car and the closing sequence.

In the middle of filming I bough a DJI Ronin M, Which is a three axis stabilizer. This new piece of equipment is phenomenal. For the last few years I have used a Glidecam HD-4000 and a Smooth Shooter vest for the last few years, and while it did a god job, I always felt restrained because I couldn’t make smooth vertical movements. However, the Ronin can stabilize the camera no matter which way I want to move it! You can see the Ronin shots when Caleb is walking through the tunnel in Chicago and while writing his letter at the end.

More about Caleb Minter

Independent Pop Soul Artist Caleb Minter was born and raised in Bolivar, Tennessee where he began his musical career leading songs in his church choir. While pursuing an education at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), Caleb decided to follow his passion and begin making music. While in college, Caleb set the ground work for his career performing at events and working on original music and collabs with local artists. Since graduating from MTSU, Caleb Minter has been no stranger to the “Main Stream” Music and Entertainment Industry. Caleb has graced the stage as the headline opener for Songstress Tweet in New York City. Rolling Out Magazine captured Caleb on the red carpet, before he performed for the President of Ebony Magazine at the tribute to James Brown in Chicago, Illinois where they celebrated Actor Nelsan Ellis’ Ebony Magazine Cover for his movie role in “Get On Up”. Chicago’s Morning Show You and Me Hosts ,Jeanne Sparrow and Melissa Forman interviewed Caleb on their show and he was featured in an article by Star Central Magazine as “Male YouTube Artist of the Month” October 2013 issue. As if his career hasn’t been astonishing enough, Caleb had the pleasure of performing a private showcase for the cast of “True Blood”. Additional career highlights for the Indie Artist Caleb Minter include, second round auditions of The Voice and Sunday’s Best and performing with Sunday’s Best Season 2 Phenom Zebulon Ellis. Caleb is truly making a name for himself in the industry. Continue to follow Caleb on his journey throughout the Music and Entertainment Industry.

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