I first became aware of Christian two years ago, when Austin showed me a simple but stunning music video for Bryan John Appleby's Cliffs Along The Sea. I typically don't have much patience for music videos and rarely watch them all the way through, but this one captivated me so much that I played it on repeat all day. I'd seen many single-take videos in the past, but never one this intimate. This piece was cinematic and voyeuristic at the same time, illuminating the the real artist and heightening the emotion of the music.
In the past year we have worked with Christian as a Director of Photography several times, and getting to know him personally has reinforced my belief in his talent and unique point of view. As a director he balances originality with nostalgia in ways that connect cerebrally and emotionally. What's even more inspiring is that at age 25 he has barely scratched the surface of his potential.
The Academy is thrilled to welcome Christian Sorensen Hansen to our roster of directors. More great work lays ahead.