“What is a performer without an audience?”
Music: Juliana Hall
Text: Caitlin Vincent
Director: René Kmet
Soprano/story: Ema Katrovas
Producer: Jiří Fusek (Framework Studio)
Sentiment is a 12-minute musical short film in pre-production based on the monodrama of the same name composed by Juliana Hall for soprano without accompaniment, with text by Caitlin Vincent. Or, to put it more simply, Sentiment is a music video for contemporary classical music. Sentiment will be a visually extravagant, surreal, and at times humorously self-ironic piece of self-revelation in which the performer undergoes a range of emotions – giddy happiness followed by a plunge into depression, anger, embarrassment for revealing too much of oneself, remorse for lashing out and, finally, a plea for the world to see only one’s “best” side. The film is also a meditation on the question: “What is a performer without an audience?” This question has taken on a new sense of urgency with the recent COVID-19 pandemic.
The creators are currently planning to assemble their crew from theater professionals, thus turning the project into an educational opportunity which answers to the particular demands of our time. They plan to shoot a documentary about the process of filming which would explore the dialogue between theater and film in general.
Tentative release: 2023
Test Shoot Crew
Director of Photography: Josef Kader Agha
Editor: Roman Lakovlev
Sound: Jana Kašpárek Vyšínská
Production Manager: Jiří Fusek
Set Photography: Anna Burianová