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‘2 in a Million’ (director’s cut) is J.A. Moreno’s personal take on the official music video he directed for two-time Grammy-nominated DJ/Producer Steve Aoki, multiple award-winning musician Sting, and platinum-selling trio SHAED.
The video follows two dancers in one long shot, as they relay the feeling of falling in love and
being soulmates. Filmed in just thirty minutes at the end of the official shoot, Moreno’s cut focuses
on the dancers, seen only as silhouettes in the official version, and highlights their outstanding
technical skills and chemistry. Using the original choreography as a basis, Moreno’s direction
delivers a spontaneous, raw and emotionally engaging performance.
‘2 in a Million’ is the third collaboration with Steve Aoki. Commenting on it, Moreno states: “Working on this project was a dream. I had already worked on several projects with Steve Aoki, so I knew that we got on well. With ‘2 in a Million’, he gave me the chance to do what I love for a music legend like Sting.”
Though just 26 years old, the Spanish, LA-based director has worked with some of the top names
in the entertainment industry, including Paris Hilton, Andrés Calamaro and will.i.am. with his work
being selected internationally at events such as MTV Dance Australia, the Soundie Music Video Awards, Berlin Commercial, and the Aesthetica Short Film Festival.
Statement from the director: “I was so inspired both by the energy of the dancers as well as by the location – the United Palace theater in New York. It was challenging as we had to do everything in just thirty minutes (hence why the long shot), but it’s rare to have time to spare at the end of a shoot. I just had to do it.” Enjoy!
11.06.2020 show complete article
What does isolation mean to us? How do we feel about it once it’s imposed and our freedom is taken away? Torn between being a responsible member of society by staying at home and the feeling of losing our freedom of action, photographer and director Anna Radchenko visually explores the concept of isolation through a series of fashion-inspired photographs.
‘The Comfort Zone’ sees a number of models trapped in glass boxes in different environments. Radchenko reflects on how our homes – usually perceived as beautiful, safe havens to escape to – gradually begin to feel tighter around us. The longer we are forced to spend there, the more claustrophobic we feel. We gradually let go of ourselves and adapt to a new and distorted version of reality. Imprisoned, alienated and powerless, our homes become the extent of our world and freedom.
Radchenko comments on the series: “Although these photos were shot before the international lockdown, they’ve become even more relevant in the present landscape. Much of what we took for granted, including the freedom to leave our homes, go to work and meet people, has been replaced by a growing feeling of uncertainty and confinement. We find ourselves in an alternative reality, where we have to change our habits and some of our traits as we are spending so much time on our own.” Model Helen Mitinskaya was styled by Kirill Akimov, with hair by Marina Melentyeva and make-up by Darya Holodnyh.
About – Anna Radchenko is an award-winning director and multidisciplinary artist from Moscow, who now resides in London. Her specializations are short films, photography and art installations.
21.04.2020 show complete article
As an international video curator, Niccolo Montanari travels from one film festival to the next. He presents us his latest highlights here on GoSee with ‘Fucking Down’, a music video by Spanish filmmaker Amanda Lago for the musician Fatal Tiger.
“The video explores the struggle we face in accepting ourselves by portraying and engaging with the most extreme aspects of our personality. It was produced by Lapiscina,” Niccolo Montanari tells GoSee. “Set in a futuristic dystopian era with a strong retro aesthetic, Fucking Down presents us several women of different ages surrounding the singer in a somber hotel room. Though similar in appearance, each reflects a unique trait spanning across the whole spectrum of human emotions. From playful and kind to brutal and fierce, the singer finds herself at their complete mercy with almost no control over their actions.”
A carefully constructed and purposefully repetitive choreography illustrates this scenario, with each cycle featuring slightly different movements – some more exaggerated and violent and others more restrained and controlled. This reiteration gives the protagonist the chance to react differently each time and learn more about herself, leading her to predict patterns in her own behavior and gradually accept herself.
Director Amanda Lago comments on the production: “I wanted to recreate a chaotic environment in which emotions and feelings are presented through an almost delirious dance. We live in an era in which we obsess over how others perceive us. This has led us to meticulously curate the way we present ourselves to the world, setting highly unrealistic expectations while still trying to come across as authentic. Fucking Down is an interpretation of how this dynamic affects us, expressed through a visual orgy of the senses in what becomes an ongoing and vicious journey in understanding and accepting ourselves.”
Fucking Down is the second production directed by Lago in collaboration with Fatal Tiger. Lago’s previous works have won awards internationally, including Best Song Soundie 2017, and have been been selected across several international film festivals, including Berlin Fashion Film Festival, Fashion Film Festival Milano, LA Fashion Film Festival, and Video Art and Experimental Film Festival in New York.
21.11.2019 show complete article