Above is the music video for a song entitled “Intelligente Marionette” by the band Cats & Breakkies. There are a few things that make this video remarkable:
1. Most of the video is one, continuous shot that follows four dancers through the hallways and up the staircases of an architectural masterpiece: Berlin University of the Arts (UdK).
2. The dancers featured in the video are members of the Wuppertaler Tanztheater, Germany’s most famous dance theatre. Founded by the late, world-renowned choreographer Pina Bausch – they are without a doubt some of the finest performers in the world.
3. The hallways of the UdK feature a number of large, beautiful windows that were covered with Roscolux colour filters, so that the camera could move through a series of colour transitions and create an intense colour experience for the dancers to perform in.
The video was directed by Simon Baucks, a filmmaker, photographer and musician based in Germany. His previous work has given Simon a reputation for “elevating the ‘film’ portion of the dance film by injecting artistry into its proceedings to truly create something beautiful.”
When Baucks conceptualized the music video for “Intelligente Marionette,” he envisioned a parkour-style dance piece that would erupt in front of the camera as it tracked down a series of hallways until the camera arrived in a room where it would find the band playing and the dancers would perform to the music.
Wanting to create a space “that is somewhat detached from our regular world, or what we regularly see,” Simon covered nearly 50 of the large windows with 20 different Roscolux colours that transitioned gradually from orange-yellow-green-blue-violet. This helped achieve a sensation of depth that, according to Simon, “would have been extremely hard, if not impossible, to achieve digitally.”
Another reason for using colour filters rather than digital colour grading is that the band Cats and Breakkies is known for its organic electro sound, which entails electronic music made using non-digital instruments. Baucks wanted the video to convey that analogue feel. As his camera moves down the hallway, the colours fade and mesh into each other in a way that adds a human dynamic into the light.
Baucks was thrilled with the results. “The video is magical and a lot of fun to watch,” he says “I am extremely happy with how the experiment turned out. The filters hit their colour precisely and without deviations. They produced gorgeous results.”
To see more of Simon Baucks work, you can visit his webpage or his Vimeo channel. If you’d like to learn more about all of Rosco’s colour filters to add colour into your next location, visit our website or try using our myColor web app.