Somewhere Between

‘Somewhere Between’ is an animated short film. about the cyclical nature of the world. It is a journey without rest; a river that finds no sea, snaking its way through eight different landscapes. In each, so much to absorb, yet little time to do so. For all its worldly scenes, Somewhere Between is a metaphor for the restlessness disconnection that has become a trapping of modern life. Regardless of pressure, time or routine, we must remember to pause whenever possible if we are to truly connect with our surroundings.

In a world obsessed with surface, it is easy to admire artistic works without fully comprehending the journey and the process behind the piece. In exhibiting Somewhere Between both the final piece and it’s physical creation are placed side-by-side. Immersing the audience, not only in the final film, but in the many layers which comprise it’s birth.

The installation consists of the original artwork used to build the animation, suspended in 8 sets of 6 frames and a projection of the stop-motion animation.

The space between each physical frame serves to emphasize the depth and detail in each scene, while a live performance of the music allows audiences to engage with the soundtrack in a way that they simply could not otherwise. Each element of the exhibit, both physical and audible, is designed to deepen the connection of the observer by reducing the space between audience and art.

Born of blossoming connections between illustrator Marie de Beaucourt, Saulo Jamariqueli, Nearly Normal Studio and musical quartet Subzar. The collaboration inspired greater things of themselves at each stage of the process, creating a fantastical journey that connects faraway places.

Attending a Subzar concert, Saulo and Marie conceived the idea of creating a short film to express the transporting quality of the group’s music. This quality would be conveyed not only in a tangible way, using exotic animals and juxtaposing landscapes to portray the wonder of exploration, but a symbolic one, with constantly evolving scenery to evoke the transient nature of life. However, for all her impermanence, nature is also cyclical; thus, the film was to be bereft of beginning or end.

The work was produced and shot at Nearly Normal studio in London over the course of a single month. To realise seamless movement through the scenes, Marie composed the backgrounds of eight landscapes on a single roll of paper 20 meters long. She then painted assets for each on over 30 square meters of watercolour paper, which were cut up and assembled onto a two-meter-wide set designed and created by Saulo. It included a motion control to shoot the scenes in stop motion and merge them smoothly together, and a purpose-built wave machine connected to both a computer and the camera on the motion control, allowing frames to be captured of the waves at two-degree intervals.

For the soundtrack, a first draft was sent to Subzar to help establish the composition’s mood and regulate its length. Basing the first movement on a key chord from the piece that had inspired Saulo and Marie, the group then evolved the piece with each changing scene, organically yet precisely. Varied rhythmic meters and harmonic intonations breath further life in the vibrant landscapes, and different lead instruments voice the animals espied.

CREDITS

Directed by
Saulo Jamariqueli and Marie de Beaucourt

Produced by
Nearly Normal Studio

Art Direction
Saulo Jamariqueli and Marie de Beaucourt

Illustrations
Marie de Beaucourt

Direction Of Photography
Saulo Jamariqueli

Post Production
Saulo Jamariqueli

Music
Subzar

Soundtrack Recording
Murillo Sguillaro

Sound Design
Burak Topalakci