Saturday, 3 December 2011

Renaissance 2006 - Dir. Christian Volckman

Renaissance is a French feature length roto-scoped film-noir film. Set in 2054, Paris is a labyrinth where all movement is monitored and recorded. Casting a shadow over everything is the city's largest company, Avalon, which insinuates itself into every aspect of contemporary life to sell its primary export -- youth and beauty. In this world of stark contrasts and rigid laws the populace is kept in line and accounted for.

Despite a rather weak and cliched plot-line this film is visually stunning when it comes to the backgrounds. Set in a future version of Paris iconic Parisian landmarks such as the Eiffel tower and Monmatre are shrouded in electric adverts and glass modernist boxes. This film is an inspiration and despite being entirely filmed in black and white with rotoscoped animation tehniques is the kind of feel and shock factor when it comes to the city as I want to create with Edinburgh. I also love the way adverts are worked into the fabric of the buildings and how they echo across the city throughout the film in a subtle way which is what I would like to achieve with the Futurist manifesto in my own piece. 

Film trailer:

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