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Neels Castillon Shoots Aquatic Pyrenees Dance Sequence for Ólafur Arnaulds

Black Dog Films and Motion Palace director worked on the dreamlike sequence for Ólafur Arnaulds ft Bonobo's ‘Loom’

Neels Castillon Shoots Aquatic Pyrenees Dance Sequence for Ólafur Arnaulds

Black Dog Films and Motion Palace director Neels Castillon has teamed with regular collaborator, choreographer Fanny Sage, on the new video for Ólafur Arnaulds ft Bonobo ‘Loom’. 

The video, shot in the Pyrenees, features an aquatic dance sequence, reinforcing a dreamlike sense of floating and drifting.  

“We filmed the piece in a mountain lake at 2000 meters, isolated from everyday life, and lost ourselves for four days in this quiet, surreal place. The water was very cold and the weather was changing every hour. It was an intense experience for the dancers and the crew, and I think you can feel it in every shot of this unique little art film” said Neels. ”In this music video, the protagonist is in this state of daydreaming. She lets her surroundings inspire her thoughts and feelings. The emotions she has buried come out in the form of other women. They use dance as a non-verbal language allowing their emotions to run free”.

‘Loom’ will be the opening track of Arnalds’ forthcoming album, some kind of peace (out 6th November). "Last year Bonobo and I spent a couple of days in the studio, after traveling and camping together in the Icelandic highlands, with no intention other than to spend some quality time with music. Loom is one of the songs that came from those sessions and as time passed, and I started writing the rest of the album, I kept coming back to it. The serene energy of the song is perfectly encapsulated in Neels’s beautiful video — a true testament to getting lost in the moment, as we did." Ólafur Arnalds. 


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Director: Neels Castillon

Choreographer: Fanny Sage

Dancers: Maëva Berthelot, Janina Sarantšina, Xiaoyi Liu

DOP: Eric Blanckaert

1st AC: Kévin Rosé

2nd AC: Claire Bouchard

Production Company: Motion Palace (Ridley Scott Creative Group)

Producer: Louis Arnoux

Producer: Emilie Mallen

Executive Producer: Ariane Cornic

Production Coordinator: Sandrine Laveau

Assistant Location Manager: Lucas Granel

Lifeguard: Simon Magneron

Still Photography: Thibaut Koralewski

Colour Grading: Nicolas Guibert @ Herve Bays

Camera and Lenses: RVZ special

Category: Music video , Short Films and Music Videos

Genre: Choreography , Music & Sound Design , People