Askjell 'Requiem' by Sophia + Robert
Askjell serenades a young couple on his piano as they search for each other in a dark, damp void, in Part III of Sophia + Robert's bold visual album.
The six part project, which began earlier this year, is shaping up to be refreshingly avant-garde and a thing of real beauty. There are shades of T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land in its autumnal mood, crumbling world and fragmented, episodic character.
With a young couple acting as guides, we navigate through a shifting landscape of cliffs, pools, bedrooms, sand and shingle. Each instalment has a specific mood and visual character. Autumn, Autumn was a frenetic, anxious introduction to Askjell’s world. To Be Loved was a moment in transition. A daring static shot of the couple waiting for sunrise, clocking in at just under 4 minutes.
Requiem has a distinctly somber, contemplative tone. It also also has a more simple, classical sensibility. Part of this will be the influence of Askjell. This is the Norwegian musician's first appearance in the project, and his piano is a soothing authorial voice. But this is also down to Franklin Dow’s operatic photography, which is somehow intimate and sweepingly grand all at once.
|Director||Sophia + Robert|
|Executive Producer||Gwilym Lewis-Brooke|
|Production Manager||Samia Ahmed|
|1st AD||Rosie Owen|
|Director of Photography||Franklin Dow|
|Focus Puller||Andreea Gruioniu|
|2nd AC||Juan Minotta|
|Art Director||Lucy Cooper|
|Wardrobe||Verity May Lane|
|Art Department Assistant||April Wernham|
|Hair & Make-up||Iulia-a Roman|
|Editor||Sophia + Robert|
|Colourist||Sophia + Robert|
|Lead actor||Tin, Kit’s|
|Other credits||ELECTRICIAN: JAMES LEECH, GREG PROBERT, MATT SIMMONS SENIOR SFX TECHNICIAN: MATS RIVENES SITE MANAGER: JODIE WHITTAKER|
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