Sigur Rós and The Mill Conduct a Musical Film Experiment
Innovative Icelandic phenomenon Sigur Rós brings a provocative concept to the making of music videos. The band’s new album, Valtari, features the work of more than 12 filmmakers and artists, each with an original concept and style, named “The Valtari Mystery Film Experiment.” Short “Fjogur Piano” stars Shia LaBeouf, and was directed by Alma Har’el with visual effect by The Mill L.A.
Close collaboration between director and The Mill turned an overwhelming 80 shots into a magic sequence of wind, water and electricity. “Alma [Har’el] didn’t want the effects to overpower the performers, but rather enhance the mood of the film,” share The Mill 2D lead artists Sarah Eim and Tara Demarco. “It was refreshing to work on such a beautiful art project.”
Har’el and The Mill take the viewer on an unforgettable journey scored by haunting Sigur Rós melodies. It is the short story of a man and a woman locked in a never ending cycle of addiction and desire slowly losing their ability to separate themselves from each other.
Other artists and directors in the experiment include Nick Abrahams, Arni & Kinski, Ramin Bahrani, Melika Bass, Inga & Lilja Birgisdottir, Sarah Hopper, Clare Langan, Henry Jun Wah Lee, Ryan McGinley, John Cameron Mitchell and Dash Shaw.