David Knight - 4th Nov 2013

Thom Humphreys and Jean-Philippe Blunt - now known collectively as In/Out - have directed their third video for Mt Wolf, and this one for Midnight Shallows is their most technically impressive yet, as it explores the true nature of motion through a series of overlaid shots, tracing the movement of birds, ribbons, and people. 

Much older experiments are also referenced in the video – and although the influence of Eadweard Muybridge is usually mentioned in these cases, this was inspired by the work of Etienne-Jules Maray. And working with two dancers from the Royal Ballet, and birds, it's what In/Out describe as a "chronophotographic approach".

In/Out: "Modernity and the birth of the photograph catalysed a revolution in our perception of time and motion. 

"Inspired by the work of Etienne-Jules Marey, yet moving with the times into the digital era, we continue this dialogue between motion and capture. By using the rigorous filmic process of 'step-and-repeat printing' as our foundation, we have digitally multiplied, delayed, freeze-framed and overlaid our shots. This layering up, in some cases, resulted in 50 video tracks. 

"Compositing allowed for a more controlled and sculptural study of movement. Although a digital workflow the technique was incredibly tactile, much like the early days of celluloid. No images were computer-generated and certain sequences include up to 1,498 shots.

"The multiplicity of the visuals generated by this chronophotographic approach evoked certain parallels with wider natural phenomena. The archive sections were a way of exploring these aesthetic semblances."

PRO Credits


DirectorThom Humphreys
DirectorJean-Philippe Blunt
ProducerOliver Samuel
Production CompanyJJ Stereo
Production designerSean Leishman
Director of PhotographyRina Yang
Focus PullerKarl Hui
Clapper LoaderBrendan Harvey
DITJoe Lovelock
GripJames Roberts
GafferSteve Garay
ColouristToby Tomkins
Executive ProducerNatalie Arnett
Director's RepresentationUntitled
Other creditsManager: Keith Wozencroft @Third Rock Music Female Dancer: Lily Grundy @The Royal Ballet Male Dancer: Conal Francis-Martin @The Royal Ballet Antique Camera: Sebastian Sussmann @Double Negative Darkroom Bird Handler: Nigel King Post Production Consultancy: Paul Gardner @JJ Stereo Online Conform: Sam White & Joe Lovelock @The Whealhouse Pre-light Gaffer: Rob White Bestboy: Elliot Beach Sparks: Poom Saiyavath, Maikel Popic, Joel Judah Honeywell, Eduardo Dominicci Runners: Ugne Ciesiunate, Declan Slattery, Saad Abbas, Hayley Dunn

David Knight - 4th Nov 2013

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