Prospa 'Ecstasy (Over & Over)' by Joao Retorta
Joao Retorta directs a transcendent exploration of love and meaning, in his latest video for Prospa's Ecstasy.
Inside a loft-style apartment, two lovers are intertwined, discussing life through a voiceover. Their lips don't move, but their feelings and thoughts are expressed through subtitles and the knowing glances they share.
Every moment together is ecstasy for the couple, as they lose themselves in each other's bodies and minds, forming an organic bond that is otherworldly and hypnotic.
DoP Harry Wheeler captures the experience in a documentary fashion, a fly-on-the-wall perspective of one couple's magical connection. The track's ebb and flow between contemplation and urgency is reflected in B Brendan Jenkin's mesmerizing edit.
The distorted frame rates and frenetic camera movement create a whirling aesthetic, uninhibited and detached, representing the addictive quality of love and the journey the couple share.
Colour is also used to great effect in this video. When the couple are separated and away from each other, a cold blue permeates the atmosphere, cold and isolated. The palette switches to sunny orange when they are together, representing the warmth and safety of their connection.
A glitchy projection setup at the midpoint represents the more surreal aspects of the concept, the idea that our minds are rich havens of experience that transcend our limited human experience.
Beautifully executed, Retorta has captured the essence of the track in the concept, and transformed it into a nostalgic, poignant tapestry of life and love.
|Production Company||Bullion Productions|
|Director of Photography||Harry Wheeler|
|1st AD||Luke Goodrich|
|Art Director||Bon Walsh|
|Focus Puller||Phil Heron|
|Sound Recording||Jim Friend|
|Casting director||Hannah Ashby Ward|
|Grading company||Electric Theatre Collective|
|Director's Rep (UK)||OB Management|
|Post production company||No.8|
|Film Laboratory||Cinelab London|
As with many other projects in the past few months, the video for Prospa's Ecstasy (Over & Over) began before lockdown started, and then became caught up in the Covid-19 crisis.
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