Thursday, 1 October 2009

Oren Lavie, Yuval & Merav Nathan "Her Morning Elegance" (2009)

In January there was a review by Matt Lambert in Motionographer of today's music video, Her Morning Elegance, in which a restless Shir Shomron attempts to sleep whilst a camera fixed in position above films her every move. I should have written about it at that time for since then almost eight million views have been recorded on YouTube alone. Remarkable. Shir is a beautiful woman and Oren Lavie's song from his album, The Opposite Side of the Sea, is pleasant. But eight million... Made by the talented Yuval and Merav Nathan, together with Oren himself the video is carefully crafted. The stop motion film, featuring the razor sharp photography of Eyal Landesman, has the black and white linen of the bed acting as a canvas for the model’s movements as she dreams, set against the honeyed wooden flooring that finds an echo in the girl’s flesh colour, not to mention her long curled reddish hair, or the complementary elements of her dreams such as the red scarf or cello. At one stage the bedding is arranged into monochrome rectangles, to end with Shir’s head framed in one section of the bedlinen. The piece was immaculately designed from the outset rather than some purely extemporised arrangement on the days of the shoot. I cannot omit the touches of humour such as when the girl's sleeping partner (Oren) retrieves her floating form or the cloud-like pillows acting as stepping stones. For purposes of comparison one might care to view Mitchell Rose's Case Studies from the Groat Center for Sleep Disorders, a collaboration with BodyVox dance company. Oh, 8,000,001.


Elizabeth Hobbs said...

Another good bed themed pixellated film is The Bed-wetter by Ingo Schiller and Stephan Muller, It compliments Her morning Elegance quite well!

Ian Lumsden said...

Thanks Lizzy,
I posted a review of the film today. Very funny.