video + sound
WHAT WAS IT LIKE TO MAKE CINEMATIC VIDEO FOR ENTRAINMENT?
Working on Entrainment was immensely exciting because it offered an opportunity to step outside the conventional filmmaking method and create video works that relied more on atmosphere and performance rather than traditional narrative. Given ENTRAINMENT's unconventional content and its physical form (a performance set inside a rectangle of floor-to-ceiling screens), the projected moving images were allowed to take on a character and presence of their own. As audience members commented, the screens and their trajectory were as much a character in the show as the performers themselves. This approach to creation, both in terms of filmmaking and in terms of the entire work as a devised collaboration between artists of different mediums, is a relevant and necessary response to our contemporary world.
- Dulcinee DeGuere, Video Designer
HOW DID YOU APPROACH SOUND DESIGNING THIS PIECE?
Due to the non-linear nature of the show, I wanted the sound to provide a unifying undercurrent between scenes that the audience could use as a base to explore each scene. To this end, we used electronic music—the common genre of today—to draw the audience into each scene and to create a coherent aesthetic across the entire piece. I worked with Isabella and the actors to sift through hours of playlists to find music that captured the emotional character of each individual scene. DJing the score live in Ableton allowed me to edit the music during performances to respond to changes in mood or color created by the actors. The result is a score that explores the inner and outer exuberance and anxieties of parties, relationships, and figuring out who you are in today's world.
- Stephen Antonoplis, Sound Designer and Composer
Without the images projected on the screens and the accompanying sound, ENTRAINMENT does not make sense and it does not exist. The screens went beyond establishing an environment for the production; they communicated integral elements of the plot, and provided a necessary context within which the audience viewed the experience.
At times, ENTRAINMENT is a party, and the screens immerse the audience in concert style visuals. At other times, it is an intimate and raw performance art piece, so the screens compliment the actor by revealing the subtext of the moment; perhaps they direct focus to a tapping foot or a trembling hand. In other moments, the screens become the dominant storytelling channel, while the actors take a secondary role.
A live recording of the entire sound mix
played at each show.
A single channel version (with sound) of what was presented as a three channel video during ENTRAINMENT.
The moment is called Love Story featuring Julia Duray and Jack DeCesare. The other performers ate rose petals and laughed with a sense of grotesque hysteria, while these videos played on the screens [#TumblrLove].