Rob Ulitski - 3rd Feb 2020

The spirituality of dance and movement, and what it means to be alive, is explored in Sebastian Strasser's ambitious video for Hot Chip's Positive. 

Shot in Kiev, the visual focuses on a group of young adults who are working hard to survive on the streets, finding pockets of respite through dancing and letting loose. In another narrative strand, a priest is seen visiting different locations and blessing unusual things - soldiers and their guns, car engines, and even dolphins. As the video progresses the two strands start to merge, as the action in one scenario is mirrored in the other.

Beautifully shot by Autumn Durald Arkapaw, the raw aesthetic is very documentary-like, capturing life as it happens without obsessing about lighting or composition. The story is the main character here, and the strong performances across the board help bring it to life with passion and authenticity.

PRO Credits


DirectorSebastian Strasser
ProducerAnorak Film
Production CompanyAnorak Film
Executive ProducerCatherine Baikousis
Executive ProducerChristoph Petzenhauser
Production ManagerKristina Ilyina
1st ADKristina Ilyina
Director of PhotographyAutumn Durald Arkapaw
GafferLeonid Sidor
Make-upDasha Taivas
EditorMischa Meyer
Editing companySpot Welders
ColouristTom Poole
Post production companySpellworks
Post production companySlaughterhouse
LabelDomino Record Co.
Post production companyThe Mill
Service CompanyRadioaktive Film
Production designerVova Radlinsky
StylistFriedrich Ngceni
Other creditsAssociate Producer: Raife Burchell Casting: Emma Chitty Managing Director: Darko Skulsky Executive Producer: Sasha Bevka Unit Manager: Egor Pogrebyak Second Unit DOP: Nikita Kuzmenko Second Unit 1AC: Dennis Duzhnik

Rob Ulitski - 3rd Feb 2020

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