What is the point of the universe?
Don’t take George Orwell’s writing advice
Against internet gurus
Self-help in a labcoat
Don’t trust the ‘cloud’
The melancholy allure of Haruki Murakami
10 August 2007
Bravo. Beautiful work.
That really was beautiful.
Thanks! Be sure to check out the director’s site too…
Love the feel!
Wonderful piano sound at the end.
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Excellent work — must’ve taken ages to get right.
I also like how the director didn’t cop out, filming the close ups in reverse even though there was nothing else on-screen to obviously give it away.
And the music suits it brilliantly throughout. Really nice piece all round.
wonderful. love it.
fun… beautiful work.
Amazing piece of art. I absolutely love the way the director paired the images and the cadence of the beautiful music. Great story!
Thank you. That was absolutely beautiful. Stunning.
it’s a fresh breeze in a hot Summer day [am in SAm]
This was the smile in my day. Thank You!
Sooo beautifullll! Thank you from Switzerland!
So fine! Joyful. Bravo!
And the crane-fold….. oooohhh
charming, tres chic
delightful; thanks for sharing it
I’m quite new to your site, and had to study the credits to see why the heck you were posting this. I saw “Katie Poole” as the Makeup Artist and that maybe it was your wife, and you were impressed with the director or something.
The soundtrack is absolutely gorgeous. You should be extremely proud of how well you tailored the music to the film.
I’ll be poking around your site much more. Already found “Zugzwang” and am loving it. Thank you.
Katie is no relation. ;) Thanks to everyone for the very kind comments.
Bravo! it made me think…
The meassage I got was…”follow your heart.. no matter what”.
I absolutely loved it.Thanks a lot!
wonderful. evol it!!!
Thanks, that was great.
i just loved it so much… i brought many of my feelings to the surface
i remember when i felt like that when i was much younger…. wonderful!!!!
Lovely piece of non real life…Great work!
Imagine my surprise when I was looking at a video clip of Gabriella Cilmi, a sixteen-year-old-though-she-doesn’t-look-or-sound-it Australian singer now based in Britain (Island Records/Xenomania), singing “Sweet About Me”. The clip has backwards/backwards scenes and I thought, “did they steal that idea from Evol? So I came here to check. And the footage they have used is the actual Evol footage. The “Sweet About Me” clip is here. Did Chris sell the footage or has it been hijacked?
Interesting spot, Graham. It looks like the official video is EVOL-free, though, and someone has just made their own mash-up on YouTube. Shame to see those images without my music, though. ;)
I agree. Good to know you’re not moonlighting at Xenomania or SAW…..
!cisum eht evol I :-)
What a brilliant short movie and nice background music.
Im very pleased. Thanks.
Stunning. I love this piece.
Absolutely _ravishing_, and if only words could convey how perfectly this little gem fit my needs: alas, they can’t. . . I’ve been coughing myself silly, night after night, thanks to a vile bug that couldn’t be more unwelcome, in my circumstances. . . Have been trying to work, and getting nowhere, thanks to the lack of sleep . . . So a few minutes ago, I was websurfing idly and frankly, despairingly, hoping that something somewhere could somehow bring relief. I saw the word EVOL and said to it silently: please be beautiful. I am starved for beauty. And that’s exactly what I found once your ballet (for that’s what it is) unfolded . . . THANK YOU, and please start posting again, Steven Poole. You seem to have gone completely silent since May.
Clever editing system too, btw.
I chanced upon Evol and have spent the last 45 minutes repeating the dance scene over and over – I absolutely love this passage of music, especially the “whomp…whomp” in the bass line. It is enchanting, and I wonder if you would mind explaining, please, whether this was performed orchestrially or on a keyboard/workstation.
The soundtrack was made in Apple Logic Pro. Most of the instruments are from the EastWest Quantum Leap Symphonic Orchestra sample library.
A simple question:
The music is charming, but the director got it all wrong, didn’t he? Put the film in the camera backwards or something.
Seriously: a wonderful gem. Treasure.
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