Alchemy is a short film about transformation. In nature, everything is constantly changing: the earth, the sky, the stars, and all living things. Spring is followed by summer, fall and winter. Water turns into clouds, rain and ice. Over time, rivers are created, canyons carved, and mountains formed. All of these elements, mixed together, create the magic of nature's alchemy.
A few excerpts from a 10 minute, one man live performance piece.
Using projection mapping onto street furniture, a dandypunk travels through various fantastical worlds, interacting with strange characters and treacherous landscapes, in the hope of unfolding the secrets and learning the techniques from the ancient book of "The Alchemy of Light".
*Sacred Geometry in logo by Grahame Gardner (used with permission)
*Falling silhouetted man performed by Roger Fojas..
Director/d.o.p. : Cosimo Alemà
Stylist : Diego Manfreda
Editor : Alessio Borgonuovo
Still photographer : Paula Lingyi Sun
Production assistant : Anna scrigni
Music: Pantha du Prince
Special fx: Paolo Landolfi
Wardrobe : 5 Preview (5PW)
Postproduction : Frame by Frame
Rosslyn Chapel in Midlothian, Scotland was founded in 1446, and legend has it that its founder, William St. Clair, was a descendent of the Knights Templar, who had been given refuge in the century previous when the warrior-monastic order was being horribly persecuted all over Europe by the jealous Catholic Church and kings. The Templar refugees were given asylum because in Scotland's war of independence against the English, the
Knights Templars had helped Robert the Bruce reclaim his kingdom. It was because of this special relationship between Scotland and the Templar tradition that Freemasonry, an off-shoot of the Order's affiliation with
Rosicrucianism, first began in Scotland before it was established in England. Rosslyn Chapel stands as a monument to the roots of Freemasonry in Britain.
Another of the attractions of Rosslyn Chapel, is the belief that it contains a great secret, a mysterious source of power, capable of transforming all our lives, a Holy Relic purloined by the Knights Templar when they were in the Coalition of Crusaders, in their attempted conquests of Muslim held Palestine. Many believe the Sacred Relic, hidden somewhere within or beneath the Rosslyn Chapel, is the drinking vessel of the Sacrificed Christ, the Holy Grail. Some people think that the "Holy Grail" which the Rosslyn Chapel contains is the actual de-capitated head
of Jesus Christ. Nabil Shaban thinks it more likely to be the head of King Arthur, who was not a king, but a 5th century war chief of Scots, who had been fighting a campaign against the ever-encroaching
The video footage in this film was shot by Marcela Krystkova and Nabil Shaban, on a visit to Rosslyn Chapel in 2005.
The soundtrack consists of several music creations by Nabil Shaban, including "Mystic Crumble" (2002) and "The WHAT in YOU" (2003), both of which are available
as "Downloadables" from iTunes. Just search for "Nabil Shaban" and his album, "From Little Acorns".
The words of "The WHAT in YOU" can be found in Nabil Shaban's book
"DREAMS MY FATHER SOLD ME" (2005).
This video is a re-edit, joining two parts of earlier videos into one extended version, and additional original music soundtrack.