Starring Vivek Shraya
Written + Directed by Ariane Laezza
Director of Photography + Editing by Brandon Edgar Allen
Hair + Makeup by Alanna Chelmick
Sound + Set Design by Ariane Laezza
Styling by Nikita Stanley & Ariane Laezza
Produced by Ariane Laezza & Talya Macedo
Sound Mixed by Saam Hashemi
Inspired by theories and observations in philosophy, quantum physics and astronomy, Stardust Academy explores the relationship between our public and personal identities, as well as our cosmic connection to each other and the greater universe. The juxtaposition of sounds, visuals and themes is intended to create a sense of randomness and chaos as well as one of unity; no matter how little things make sense some times, there is always a connecting force beyond us. This connecting force is embodied by our masked entity behind the desk, played by Vivek Shraya, interjected with beauty vignettes also featuring Shraya, as a nod to the Italo-Disco era, defined by a playfulness around the theme of robots, love, outer space and, of course, Fashion.
The sounds in this piece are a combination of stellar sound waves, vintage educational films about beauty and technology, and soundtracks from old Bollywood; the combination creating a retro-futuristic reality.
Ultimately, the universe doesn’t dwell in meaning, and it can ultimately be freeing to look up at the stars and laugh at the absurdity of it all. The intention with this piece is to have everyone, no matter who they are, or what they’re going through, realize that they themselves are connected to a larger universe; beyond the heavens and within themselves. If the universe is random, then let's be random, and beautiful, and lighthearted and weird and exactly who we want to be, because why the hell not?