April 20, 2016
Back in February of this year, the fashion world descended on Suffolk to make a film for AnOther magazine’s MOVEment project. MOVEment has forged collaborations between big names in fashion, dance and film to create a series of seven videos, which unite the three arts ‘in a radial new way’. This video brought together a bespoke Alexander McQueen design, a French ballet dancer, and director Daniel Askill in one of our very favourite filming locations: the Hush House. They called upon Bruizer’s video production skills to lend a hand shooting and lighting the film.
The partnership between director Daniel Askill and director of photography Sebastian Winterø is a tried and tested one: they worked together on a trio of videos starring dance Maddie Ziegler which catapulted elusive pop sensation Sia into the limelight last year. This time their star performer was Marie Agnès Gillot, who was made an étoile at the Paris Opéra over a decade ago. The project also enlisted the aid of George Barnet, drummer from experimental indie group These New Puritans, who wrote the music which is the fourth major element at play. Askill’s narrative for the film creates an aggressive dynamic between drummer and dancer, who both feed on and compete against one another in a volatile battle which culminates in a dramatic victory.
The film was shot on Bruizer’s Arri Alexa with vintage anamorphic lenses, and a SteadiCam to get those long atmospheric shots moving along the exhaust tunnel. It was a long day of filming, and Gillot demonstrated just how incredible a ballet dancer’s stamina has to be as she performed the sequence over and over again for each shot, made all the more difficult by the chilly temperature in the Hush House. We filmed the final shots of the film by putting up an aerial rig which hoisted her into the Hush House’s rafters, with the on set seamstresses having to cut special holes into the McQueen costume so that the rig could by hidden underneath the dress.
Jefferson Hack, founder of AnOther magazine said ‘This project has been a labour of love for a number of talented craftsmen, creating completely bespoke collaborations that appreciate dance and fashion from a new perspective’. The seven films premiered at a special screening and performance at Sadler’s Wells theatre on Saturday, and are on public release online today, you can feast your eyes on the other films here on the AnOther website.