Project: The Rapid Eye
Client: Floris + Menno
Music and Sound Design: Box Of Toys Audio
The Rapid Eye is a short experimental art & fashion film brought to us by Amsterdam based directorial duo Floris+Menno. The project is born from their desire to experiment with a fragmented way of storytelling and intuitive workflow.
Whilst a short film in it’s own right, The Rapid Eye was also featured as the opening titles for the 2013 Playgrounds motion festival in Amsterdam, Eindhoven and Tilburg. BXFTYS had the pleasure of attending the festival, meeting the team and experiencing the film in a theatre setting.
It was clear from the start of the audio post production process that the film existed in a predominantly surreal and dream like world. The protagonist awakens in a disorientated, narcotic state and embarks upon a journey of realisation. As such we wanted the music to reflect the unworldly environment without inferring an overly deistic interpretation of the film.
The majority of the sound design centres around the use of tortured metallic sound effects. This choice was made in order to accentuate the distressing and overcast tone of the film, as well as a generally organic approach to the soundtrack. Our metal sounds were created by recording with contact microphones; microphones that capture sound via physical contact with vibrating objects (much like a stethoscope).