Shot in Iceland for Philip Clemo's film 'The Air Holds Still On My Breath' this material became the inspiration for his Breath project. These landscapes excerpts illustrate the ambition and potential of the Breath feature film which is currently in development.
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Breath, the movie:
Can you imagine what it would be like to experience the world around you without words? Our analytical brain likes to name and organise what we take in but there is another, much more expansive, way to experience the world. Breath moves beyond traditional narrative and uses music, sound design and extraordinary imagery from unusual perspectives to tell its stories.
This film takes us on a mesmerising cinematic trip through the human journey from forceps to the grave, while in parallel we look at a wider evolution: that of planet Earth. These intertwined journeys are explored as multi-dimensional ‘landscapes’ giving the viewer a bold, unique and emotional understanding of how very different environments can affect, mimic and support each other: how one might be the very essence of the other. We see how our planet evolves and adapts and how our own evolution can play a profound part in this: we can have a symbiotic relationship or potentially harm each other.
The dramas of human and planetary life are illustrated through the metaphors of an ever changing ecology: an aerial camera travels a dry desert and it's dark deep cracks give way to an intense close up of the brittle hand of an older woman: humanity becomes a mirror of the land. We explore the effect of very different human dimensions on a specially developed ‘energy field’ camera and delve into micro worlds through a cutting-edge light microscopic to explore other-worldly dynamics, eco systems and terrains.
The choices made in a film soundtrack enable us to see the accompanying images very differently. Music and sound design are at the heart of this film – the breath that breathes life into the other elements. The boundaries between abstract sound and composition will constantly be blurred and the dynamics will range from achingly beautiful atmospherics to shocking sonic intensity.
Breath is a very different kind of environmental film: one that helps us to awaken to what is around us. It is an audio-visual sensation: a visual feast, of earth and sky, skin and soul, ice and fire, wrapped together with a powerful and transformative soundtrack. This is a visceral film: it stimulates and challenges the senses, leaving us never quite seeing the world the same way again.