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The Phantom Light (http://www.thephantomlight.com)
Filmed in Snowdonia (Wales)
Technical Info: All film was shot on 2 canon 7Ds and a GoPro hero 3 back edition over a weekend in February 2013
Nominated for an Emmy at the 2013 50th Annual Emmy Awards!
I wanted to take the prim and proper concert piano and pianists straight off the stage and throw them into the dusty, scary, grimy mess of the factory where these majestic black creatures are born.
I have always wanted to make a video with a piano in it and finally got the chance to make this quick little video! I have always been mesmerized by pianos, even just the look of them. They have always had an ominous quality to them. Their shiny, black skin, and volcanic vibrations inside. I wanted to show the piano the way I saw them...as passionate, living beings that suck the creative life out of anyone who touches them and feeds it into the ears of the listener.
Steinway let my cinematographer (Nathan Miller) and I into their factory to run around and shoot with some of their brand new crazy expensive pianos. It was a dream come true! They don't let filmmakers or photographers in very often, so I am very grateful that they let us do the things I did inside there!! Haha! And to work with the pianists, having fun experimenting on this was one of the best times I've had this year. I almost got heat stroke, I sprained my ankle, and almost died from the fumes in the factory, but I (we) survived it! And thank you, Clay, for enduring the craziness!
Director, editor, sound design (Sony Vegas): Matthew Brown
Cinematographer (Canon 7D and HV40): Nathan Miller (nathanmmiller.com)
Piano Track Engineer: Steven Epstein
Music by FRANZ SCHUBERT
Arrangement for piano/four-hands by ANDERSON & ROE
Performed by the ANDERSON & ROE PIANO DUO (andersonroe.com)
Elizabeth Joy Roe
Special thanks to:
Steinway & Sons
the Yale School of Music
And HUGE thank you to the pianists for letting me beat them up, soak them, cover them in paint, and make them play their fingers off! You are two extremely talented people! WOW.
BEHIND THE SCENES of the shoot...random fun moments, hehe... http://tinyurl.com/3nxq5x6
A young girl, creative and idealistic, dreams of brighter days in a forgotten Eastern European city. Her fate is inextricably sealed when she crosses paths with a scheming, and enigmatic old woman, who harbors a dark secret.
What seems like a small act of cruelty between strangers, will fracture the very foundations of a city.
WINNER, SPECIAL JURY PRIZE: SITGES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
WINNER, BEST SHORT FILM: FANTASPORTO FILM FESTIVAL
WINNER, INTERNATIONAL SHORT: HOLLYSHORTS FILM FESTIVAL
FINALIST: RUSHES SOHO SHORTS FESTIVAL FESTIVAL
OFFICIAL SELECTION: FANTASTIC FEST
OFFICIAL SELECTION: PALM SPRINGS SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
OFFICIAL SELECTION: CAMBRIDGE FILM FESTIVAL
OFFICIAL SELECTION: INTERFILM BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL
OFFICIAL SELECTION: FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL