A poetic short by directing duo André Martins and Tiago Lemos aka Les Diables from Porto, Portugal. Inspired by the desire to present surfing in a different light, “Ether” draws on the concept of the butterfly effect and how small variations work to alter larger systems. In this case, both surfer and dancer are moved by the swell of the sea and, in turn, alter the strength and speed of the waves. The production similarly grew from the push and pull of ideas and support from others, as Tiago shared with us:

“‘Ether’ is what we call a real challenge. Of all the previous projects we worked together, me and André, this was the one that really got us taking a step out of our comfort zone. To have a textured aesthetic which removes us from Nature, we chose to use old analogue lenses, adding a natural and grainy look to the film. Regarding the production we relied on the help of a team mostly consisting of friends that work in the area.”

See credits and a few behind-the-scenes photos from the shoot below!

 

Directed by André Martins & Tiago Lemos
Dancer: Alexandre Canelhas
Guimbal operator: Manuel Costa
Water Footage: Gonçalo Mariani
Text: Paula Monteiro
Voice Over: Pedro Rodrigues
Sound Designer: Pedro Anacleto
Colourist: Vasco Mendes
Production Assistant: Hugo Santos
Graphic Designer: Frederico Martins
Stylist: Patrícia de Oliveira
Cast: Gonçalo Maia
Music:
“The Lights” by Shawn Williams
“Angelus” by Timbre

Thanks to:
Sítio do Cano Amarelo
Portcorner
Filmes da Mente
Ricardo Cabral
Tiago Maia
Duarte Ferreira

 

 

 

 

Les Diables on Vimeo

André Martins on Instagram

Tiago Lemos on Instagram

 

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