RIDGEWOOD, NJ -- Live action and design studio Aggressive, headed by the Grammy award-winning directors Alex Topaller and Dan Shapiro, recently created a short film titled 1976 that premiered on Nowness. The film is an exploration of how sound could be visualized particularly in different settings. Featuring a crisp, black-and-white aesthetic with visceral beats and pulses, the film shows sound emanating through wires, liquids, tables--even dishes, a piano, and the walls of a house.
“The film meditates on presentiment and sound,” comments Topaller. “With our friends at The Loop and Echoic, and a combination of live footage and CGI, we intended the soundtrack to drive the visuals: everyday objects reverberate, twist, and react to an oncoming pulse of events as they converge on a farm in rural America.”
Shapiro adds, “We work and collaborate with so many people that every once in a while we have the opportunity to do something fun and different. The concept of sound was interesting to us to really push our animation capabilities in a new direction, seeing how objects could get abstracted and still maintain their essence, seeing how they are still being affected by sound.”
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