Late last year Caswell Coggins directed this short piece with dancers Junaid Jemal Sendi and Addissu Demissie - shot at Mile End Hospital. The music, by Thomas Jarvis and Ed Cosens, was scored later.
'The Estate' by Caswell Coggins
"I wanted to film on a generic housing estate that could be anywhere in the country, and we ended up shooting in East London," says Caswell. "I created the film with the BalletBoyz - William Trevitt and Michael Nunn - and with only one shooting day available, Billy and Michael worked closely with their dancers to adapt and improvise the choreography into the actual landscape of that estate.
"I asked the BalletBoyz to base their choreography loosely on the idea of vultures circling a dying animal, feeling their excitement and anticipation as they gather to feed, waiting for the moment to strike. I was particularly interested in the distinctive head movements the birds make. I thought they would instil a real sense of visual menace.
"The central figure of the dying man is inconsequential; expendable. The ESTATE just goes about its business."
|Focus Puller||Ran Geffen|
|Production Company||Crossfire Productions|
|Director of Photography||Deane Thrussell|
|1st AD||Sascha Marden|
|Art Director||Bobbie Cousins|
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