Moses Boyd | Stranger Than Fiction (Director’s Cut)


Warning: video contains flashing images.

The brief spoke of ‘hyper-musicality’. Outside of the obvious, this got us thinking about how might a sound ‘look’? What are our instruments, as filmmakers?

First though, we had to set the mood and feel of the piece. Moses wanted something ‘sinister and mystic’ and in line with the album’s themes we anonymised the performers in a shroud of light. The use of a reflective spray and a singular spotlight achieved this look; haloing the band in this intense glow. All captured in-camera.

Playing off this visual hook we then set about composing our own rhythm. The looping trajectories, the projected shapes and the strobing light source were all used to achieve that desired ‘musicality’. Plus, by tethering all the action to the track and dolly, we established a perpetual motion; mapping out the music as much as the space.

Under the guidance of DP Spike Morris we pushed the in-camera capabilities of film to visually sculpt the music, etching out the track’s propulsive production wherever possible. The materiality of film meant we could really hack the medium to bend and manipulate the images around the music. Having the necessary ingredients in the edit was important to build an arc that does justice to the track, whilst also being true to the in-camera imagery captured on the day.

We’d like to thank all our crew and a special mention to our producer Louisa Plumstead who did so much with so little.

Director/Editor: in/out
Producer: Louisa Plumstead
DOP: Spike Morris
Focus Puller: Rob Hawkin
Loader: Bulman Arshehit
Grip: Alex Kelleher
Gaffer: Helio Riberio
1st AD: Tom Fraser-Ivens
Runner: Anna Argiros
Art Director: Charlotte Stuart-Gumbar
Costume Designer: Amy Thompson
Wardrobe Assistant: Patrick Lee
Hair & Make-Up Artist: Natasha Livesy
Film Developing: Cinelab
Design Assistant: Emily Derrick
Colourist: Thomas Mangham at The Mill
Post Producer: Bruce Langfield at The Mill

Cast: Joshua Craigie, Esop Evard

Commissioner: Michael Lewin
Directors Rep: Joceline Gabriel at Hands
Head Of Music: Kate Brady
Executive Producer: Natalie Arnett

Production Company: Riff Raff Films

Thanks:
Albedo 100
Cinelab
Aarti Mahtani

Label: The Orchard

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