Playing on the game of shade and light the camera captures the exquisitely sculpted contours of the perfect male body as well as tracing the fine nuances of facial expressions conveying the whole gamut of emotions of the primitive human - from fear, loneliness, meditative, pensive, and introspective to wonderment, self-consciousness and self-admiration. The sharp instinct of the shrewd hunter, trying to come to terms with his own existence to the helpless, the Sisyphean; the shades are many and varied. From the first frame to the last, the camera makes a journey into time - the world of the savage, the primitive, the earliest stirring of the human consciousness towards the idea of self, God and self-realization.(Quotes : Jagdish Gupta)
PHOTOGRAPHY AND CONCEPT - VIJAY SAWNANI - http://WWW.VIJAYSAWNANI.COM
FASHION STYLING - VIJAY SAWNANI
MODEL - VISHAL KOTHARI
POST PRODUCTIONS - VIJAY SAWNANI PHOTOGRAPY
LOCATION- UNDARI - UDAIPUR (INDIA)
Fashion short Crinis • 13 is a one of a kind piece that will create a wave of awe and surprise among people who love both photography and film. Dutch photographer duo Fotofloor, production company Caviar and creative studio Woodwork made it happen.
There’s a revolution going on in photography and motion pictures. With ever advancing technological developments we face an ocean of possibilities. The classic photography moves closer against moving image and vice versa. But real overlap is rarely seen in photography, other than moving collages or still images on a screen coming to life.
"Who's going to fill that gap between photography and film?” was the question Floor Stoop and Mike van der Giessen (Fotofloor) asked themselves repeatedly. "Photographers have cameras that can film professionally”, Stoop says. “Many bloggers work with loops instead of photos. As a photographer with some technical insight you can create your own cinematographs. There’s a whole scene in New York of people, like Barnaby Roper, who make daring interactive blends of film and photography.”
They conceived the idea to take Fotofloor’s photography to the next level, in their own characteristic, artistic way. The fascinating short fashion film Crinis • 13 is inspired by the films of Man Ray and Luis Buñuel and in particular by Fernand Léger’s Ballet Méchanique.
In Crinis • 13 we see a model with a face that appears to be from another world and infinite locks of Pre-Raphaelite-like, white blond hair (crinis is Latin for hair). She moves graciously with an incredible effect. An enchanting kaleidoscope unfolds before your eyes, supported by uplifting electronic beats.
Fotofloor in fact decided to revive the Dada movement on a small scale, an effort that succeeded really well. One might call it a kind of dadaistic DIY-effort. They obviously received some help in this effort. A whole team of specialists assisted Fotofloor in order to make this film happen: production company Caviar, D.O.P. Job Kraaijeveld, a small film crew, as well as hair and make-up talents. Star stylist Ilham Mestour made the blond wig herself and made sure the locks were flowing, bowing and stretching in the most photogenic way.
Snow White in slow motion
But the magic really took off with Marvin Koppejan, creative director at Woodwork. He cut, pasted, juggled, mixed, mirrored and conjured up images with a photographic eye. Graded by Balster van Duijn and carefully watched and guided by the Fotofloor team. The results are bewildering: the model’s image is carved up into a digital chopping block that doubles and turns and squeezes her through a series of kaleidoscopic formations.
“The model moves slowly; the footage is recorded in slow motion, in 120 frames per second instead of the usual 25 fps”, Marvin Koppejan explains, “in order to be able to stretch and accelerate faster in postproduction. In this way, you can make much more possible.”
Fotofloor created even more layers in the form of a theme. “Hair” was initially the subject, gradually added to by a mysterious cocktail of subthemes, motives and symbols. Van der Giessen: “We went back and forth dreaming and associating, and progressively came up with bible figures like Eve (hence the apple), Samson (hence the hair) and mythology figure Lilith.”
Fairy-tale character Snow White also appears briefly. In one scene this is visualized by snowflakes, raging, falling and melting, making the hair look like a furiously sweet snowstorm. Like in silent movies, now and then film texts are superimposed on the images, with words of a poem by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, poet, painter and co-founder of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.
Pre-Raphaelites meet poetry meet Dada meet Rorschach. But above all: imagination.
Van der Giessen: “We want to push the limits, seek boundaries, combine all sorts of things. We don’t need to be limited to a simple 2D-exhibition. Why not create an installation as well? A lot more things are possible, in art, in media, in… everything.”
Produced by: Caviar
Edit & Post: Woodwork
Creative Director: Marvin Koppejan
Executive Producer: Jacques Vereecken
Producer: Koen Barnhard
Director of Photography: Job Kraaijeveld
Final Grading: Balster van Duijn
Gaffer: Laurens Eindhoven
Grip: Daan Dillo
Hair: Ilham Mestour
Make Up: Barbra Oliemans
Studio: Ernstige Zaken
Rough Edit: Gert Willem Visser
Audio Post: HaaiFaai Deluxe
Clothes by Zoran Garevski, Jelena Proković, Peter Movrin, Sanija Reja Aske
Lingerie by Jean Paul Gaultier for La Perla
Tights by Wolford
Jewellery by Belinda Škarica, OlgafacesRok
Shoes by Steve Madden & Boutique Naja
Special thanks to American Apparel
Champagne by Taittinger / http://www.avioborza.com
100 candles provided by Ilkos Candles / http://www.ilkos.si
Coffin kindly supplied by Pogrebno podjetje KLUN
Blofield inflatable chair by Dom Design Ljubljana / http://www.domdesign.si
Lighting & grip equipment by Viba Film
Location: Produkcija Studio (Man in charge: Mr. Dražen Štader)
Shot on a Canon using Zeiss CP.2 25/T2.9
A grim tale of hidden undercurrents: desires, fears, manipulation, and animal instincts vie with each other in a maelstrom of passions and pitfalls. In some of the ideas and images, dream merges with reality. The result is portrayed as a hall of mirrors, with female oppression and male dominance and egocentricity.
The narrative is based on the fear and bewilderment of the main character’s nightmare, interacting with her deep-rooted fear of her own, subconscious lusts. A pretty young woman, driven by the sadism of an egomaniac and her own, apparently unwilling oppression, mutates into a human marionette, «muñeca».
She seeks oblivion, attempts to flee from herself, her experiences, and her dreams. One of her acquaintances – a real person – becomes a symbol of evil in a bizarre dream and drags her soul into a yawning chasm of fear and humiliation. Her inner power struggle begins. Will she find an exit? What is reality, and what is surreal?
THE MEANING OF «Muñeca»
It is as famous as Grimms’ Fairy Tales and is a standard character of both the miniature and big stage: the puppet called «muñeca» (spanish) or marionette.
Its origin does not lie in the puppet theater or in politics. No, the marionette, whose limbs are moved by strings, actually has its roots in Catholicism. Its name is derived from the French term mariolette, the diminutive of mariole, the figure of the Virgin Mary so popular in the Middle Ages. The marionette is therefore, to some extent, the great-great-grandchild of the Blessed Virgin.
Eine düstere Geschichte über das tief verborgenen Kräftespiel zwischen Wünschen, Angst, Manipulation und animalischen Trieben – Gedankenbilder die manchmal Traum und Wirklichkeit verschmelzen lassen - ein Laboratorium der Leidenschaften und Abgründe. Dargestellt als Spiegelkabinett mit weiblicher Unterwerfung und männlicher Dominanz und Egozentrik.
Die Erzählweise lehnt sich an die Angst und Verstörung eines Alptraums der Hauptfigur, in Komplementarität mit der Urangst vor seinem eigenen, unterbewussten, lustvollen Begehren. Eine junge, schöne Frau, die durch den Sadismus eines Egomanen und ihrer augenscheinlich unfreiwilligen Unterwerfung zur menschlichen Marionette - „Muneca“ - mutiert.
Sie sucht das Vergessen, versucht zu fliehen - vor sich selbst, Ihren Erlebnissen und Träumen. Eine reale, ihr bekannte Person wird zum Sinnbild des Bösen in einem bizarren Traum und reisst Ihre Seele in einen tiefen Schlund aus Angst und Demütigung. Ihr innerer Kampf der Mächte beginnt - findet sie einen Ausweg? Was ist wahrhaftig - und was irreal?
Sie ist so bekannt wie die Märchen der Gebrüder Grimm und zählt zum Stammpersonal der kleinen und grossen Bühne: Die Puppe «Muñeca» (w, spanisch) oder „Marionette“ genannt.
Ihr Ursprung hat nichts mit Puppentheater oder Politik zu tun, nein: Die Marionette, jene bewegliche, an Fäden aufgehängte Gliederpuppe, kommt vielmehr aus dem Katholizismus. Ihr Name stammt vom französischen „mariolette“, dem Diminutiv von „mario“, jener im Mittelalter so beliebten Marienfigur. Die Marionette ist also gewissermassen die Urenkelin der heiligen Maria.
Eine Gemeinschaftsproduktion der visualize production und Guave Motion.
Directed by Sergio Herencias
Written & Produced by: Michelle Edelmann & Sergio Herencias
Director of Photography: Sergio Herencias
1st Assistant DP: Oliver Muff
Styling AD & Wardrobe: Michelle Edelmann
Assistant to Director: Bruce Pimenta & Francis Pimenta
Hair & Make-up Design: Michelle Edelmann
Best Boy: Patricia Frei, Francis Pimenta, Bruce Pimenta
Light & Grip Technician: Oliver Muff
Editor: Sergio Herencias
VFX Artist: David Fritsche
Senior Digital Colorist: Stefan King
Title Design: Debby Bürgisser
Sound Design: Sergio Herencias
Special Thanks to: Cello & Cyrill Weiss
Shot on Red Digital Cinema Cameras
ACCOLADES AND AWARDS
- Amercian Horror Film Festival 2017 - Nomination Best Cinematography & Best Shortfilm
- Lucerne International Film Festival 2014 - Official Selection
- Malta Horror FilmFestival 2013 - Nomination Best Cinematography
- Madrid International Film Festival 2014 - Nomination Best Costume & Best Make Up and Hair
- Int. Fashion Film Network / Top 10 — Rank #3
- LCFF 2013 London City Int. Film Festival - Official Selection
- Festival des deutschen Kinos FILMZ 2013 - Official Selection