Rob Ulitski - 22nd May 2020

rubberband. direct a brilliant mixed-media promo for Lewis Del Mar's The Ceiling. 

Shot on a Bolex camera, the video is made up of a tracking shot around a dimly-lit room, punctuated by frenetic animation and lo-fi projection. 

Effortlessly hypnotic, the painstaking production process (as described below by the directing duo) has resulted in something completely unique and engaging. Blurring the boundary between art and film, the abstract piece leans heavily on methods from the past and present to tell the story, creating an aesthetic that is both avant-garde and nostalgic. 

rubberband.: 

We like to think of creativity like gas: it expands to fit the container it’s in.

"Made during coronavirus, completely in quarantine, we attempted to distill the energy of this song into a music video with no compromise. We made this film in isolation with a crew of three close friends, socially distancing throughout the shoot.

"Using dated technology (a Bolex camera and push button intervalometer) and modern technology (motion control) this video was made in a single take over the course of 14 hours. We did two takes consecutively - a couple loopy back to back all nighters - the camera tracking from one window in Jason’s apartment (at sunset) to the other (at sunrise), travelling 43 feet in total.

"We used a MoCo rig that was shipped from LA to NYC and was fully assembled by Jason upon arrival. The entire rig was built in his apartment by us, with no grips. The resulting film was then animated over using clear inkjet film and scanned in frame by frame.

"We like to think of creativity like gas: it expands to fit the container it’s in. Further we like to think this video would've been an incredible piece even if it was made before the pandemic."

PRO Credits

Credits

Directorrubberband.
ProducerLuigi Rossi
Executive ProducerElizabeth Doonan
Director of PhotographyPat Golan
Focus PullerSarah Penson
2nd Unit DoPKao Cheng Kai
Art DirectorJames Siewart
ColouristAubrey Woodiwiss
VFXThe Frender
VFXMax Colt
Other creditsAdditional Photography: Kate Koeller

Rob Ulitski - 22nd May 2020

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