David Knight - 5th Jan 2011

It's nearly two years since Jeff Desom's video for Morgenrot by Hauschka - aka German pianist Volker Bertelmann - left a lasting impression. The burning upright piano falling continuously from the top of a skyscraper in sepia-tinged Depression-era Manhattan remains a powerful image and Morgenrot went on to win awards and an UK MVA nomination.

Despite being an unaccompanied female without a fucntioning vehicle, she manages to transport the piano all over some breathtaking landscapes in Luxembourg - Jeff's homeland. And as he explains, his familiarity with the settings helped him to get great production value with very limited resources.

And it will ultimately become clear why he called his charming story The Key, even though the track is Children, from Hauschka's latest album Foreign Landscapes.

Jeff Desom on making The Key

"We shot during four days pretty much all over Luxembourg. It's kind of a small place, you don't have to drive for more than an hour to get anywhere. And since there wasn't much time to prepare, it helped to know all these locations around my hometown.

"Summer Shapiro (the piano mover) and I met through Hauschka - she's a physical comedian from San Fransisco," he continues. "The idea of moving a piano seemed to lend itself to that genre. She was touring Europe at the time so we decided to go for it. I gutted an old piano and put a set of serious wheels on it.

"To keep things flexible, fast and cheap, crew was reduced to a bare minimum. We were like a bunch of bank robbers wherever we went. Get the piano out of the van, shoot and be gone long before anyone could call the cops. Summer was a true sport, the piano was still quite heavy and she took away more than one scar."

David Knight - 5th Jan 2011

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