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‘Into the Arms of Sunshine’ Is an Experimental Movement Piece Told through Poetry and Motion

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Short from FAMILIA's Craig Moore captures that feeling of being apart from someone close to you and not knowing when you might see them again

‘Into the Arms of Sunshine’ Is an Experimental Movement Piece Told through Poetry and Motion

Filmmaker Craig Moore uses dance and poetry as the basis of his new experimental short, Into The Arms of Sunshine. A story about two lost lovers, longing to be in each others arms again, the film captures that feeling of being apart from someone close to you and not knowing when you might see them again. Moore uses the sun as a source of comfort, a compass, that reassures our protagonists and guides them back to one another.

Set on the dry dusty landscapes of the west coast of South Africa, and with clothing by London fashion house TooGood, the piece has strong cinematic qualities and uses a series of well crafted visual metaphors to capture the different emotions one feels when longing for a loved one.

“Dance has always a great way to express emotion and the spoken word element that tells the story really elevates that emotion into a cinematic realm, by giving the movement and performance purpose,” says Moore. “I've always had a fascination with the sun, and the muted dry landscapes of the west coast of Africa felt like the perfect setting for this story. We filmed this during the lockdown last year and we were lucky to run into Sabine and Brin who were also stranded in Cape Town, at that time."

It was the perfect time to bring this idea to life and we all embraced this opportunity to create together.

“The idea to tell the story through dance and movement came from discussions with my stylist and creative collaborator, Anso. We wanted to capture emotion differently and using movement and dance allowed the performers to express themselves in unique ways, creating lovely shapes to their human form.

“I wanted to create a story that was relatable from different angles and after 2 years of lockdowns, we all know that feeling of what it’s like to be apart from someone special”, says Moore. “The sun can be a real source of comfort, a metaphor for reassuring one in times of need and loneliness, a guiding light. Now with Spring/Summer on our doorstep, and after a long hard winter, our spirits are lifted once again as we look to the sun. Our compass. It can heal hearts and lift the spirit.

"Into The Arms of Sunshine” uses the sun - a source of positivity and optimism - to connect our two lost souls.”

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Credits

WRITER AND DIRECTOR: Craig Moore

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Liam Johnson

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: Fabian Vettiger

STYLING: ANSO

ARTISTS WEARING: Toogood

CAST: Sabine van Rensburg + Brin Schoellkopf

ART DIRECTION: Hey, Koekje!

AC: Alex Ortscheit

STORY BY: Craig Moore + ANSO

MUA: Inga Hewitt

EDITOR: Joris Willems

ORIGINAL MUSIC: Simon Ringrose

COLOUR GRADE: Joseph Bicknell (Company 3)

VO: Olivia

VO RECORDING STUDIO: Audioteque

POEM: Craig Moore + Claire Gordan Webster

VFX: Blake Prinsloo

GRAPHIC DESIGN: Kristof Van Hoorebebeek

CREATIVE ASSETS: Imogen Ogden

LOCATION: Kersefontein

Genres: Choreography

Categories: Short Films and Music Videos, Short films

FAMILIA, Wed, 15 Jun 2022 07:46:00 GMT