1. Emma Portner shares the other side of her meteoric rise as a dancer and how painting became a form of therapy. Shot on 8mm on a visit to New York, Figure 4 incorporates my response to Emma's paintings through animation - directly scratching, smudging and piercing the film negative. It's the forth installment in Figures, an on-going series of portrait films.

    Premiered on Booooooom: tv.booooooom.com/2020/08/05/premiere-figure-4-emma-portner-bertil-nilsson/
    NOWNESS pick: nowness.com/story/figure-4-emma-portner

    Director: Bertil Nilsson
    Editor: Anna Meller
    Sound Design & Mix: Angel Pérez Grandi

    Film lab: On8Mil
    Film scanning operator: Aleks Golis
    Camera equipment: Du-all Camera
    Production: Duktiga
    With thanks: Bret Pfister

    # vimeo.com/444870495 Uploaded 8,399 Views 3 Comments
  2. How do you deal with life's curveballs? FIGURE 3 tells trapeze artist Korri Singh Aulakh's story of being diagnosed with the chronic autoimmune condition Myasthenia Gravis. It's the third installment in FIGURES, a new series of portrait films. Shot on a mix of 16mm film, VHS and digital.

    NOWNESS Pick: nowness.com/picks/figure-3-bertil-nilsson

    Director: Bertil Nilsson, bertil.uk
    Cinematographer: Luciana Riso
    Editor: Joseph Comar
    Music: Jordan Hunt
    Sound Design & Mix: Angel Pérez Grandi
    Rigger: Nich Galzin

    Film lab: Cinelab
    Camera equipment: ARRI Rental
    Lighting equipment: Greenkit and Pixipixel
    Production: Duktiga

    Special thanks: Philip Nichols, Simon Surtees and Gema Beasley
    With thanks: Matt Burch, Hannah Crystal, Laura Hemming-Lowe, Maverick Projects, Joe Jowers, Pat McEnallay and Nadine Khan

    # vimeo.com/369215418 Uploaded 2,766 Views 12 Comments
  3. What does it mean to belong? FIGURE 2 tells Sakeema's story against the stunning backdrop of Cornwall, UK. It's the second installment in FIGURES, a new series of portrait films.

    Premiered on Directors Notes, directorsnotes.com/2019/04/30/bertil-nilsson-figure-2/

    Directed by Bertil Nilsson, bertil.uk
    Edited by Joseph Comar, josephcomar.com
    Sound Design & Mix by Angel Perez Grandi, soundarkstudios.com
    Camera Operator: Lucas Aliaga-Hurt

    With thanks: Maggi Hurt, Nina Constable and Tim Horton

    # vimeo.com/333318603 Uploaded 10K Views 7 Comments
  4. What does it feel like for your lung to spontaneous collapse? FIGURE 1 explores circus artist Mario's story through images, sound and movement. It's the first instalment in FIGURES, a new series of portrait films.

    Premiered on Booooooom - tv.booooooom.com/2019/02/12/premiere-figure-1-bertil-nilsson/

    Director & Cinematography: Bertil Nilsson, bertil.uk
    Editor: Joseph Comar, josephcomar.com
    Sound Design & Mix: Angel Perez Grandi, soundarkstudios.com

    # vimeo.com/316555200 Uploaded 7,553 Views 6 Comments

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