Psyop

Sisters

Sisters is an original short film from Psyop, directed by David Chontos, and featuring the music of Fever Ray.

From David:

Part exercise of passion, and part love letter, ‘Sisters’ is a fragment of some lost, tragic opera. Trapped in the ruins of their former glory, a pair of performers bound together and abandoned by time rise up to sing once more. Conjured up by the song to which it’s set, the film represents a sincere vision of inspiration derived from the music of Karin Dreijer Andersson (Fever Ray). It is the confluence of a variety of abstract concepts, from the fragility of modern technology, to the cruelty of the passage of time. The movement of the characters references legendary contemporary choreographer, Martha Graham; transposing an exercise in human restraint and lamentation onto mechanical beings.

The film was started out of a need to create something that more accurately described my capabilities than my commercial work did. It became a passionate distraction, not just for myself, but for fellow artists at Psyop in between productions and looking for something different to work on. I created all the design myself and with my background as a CG lead, I created all the look development and then partnered with other Psyop artists to complete the film. The result was a great collaborative and learning experience.

CREDITS:

“if i had a heart”

performed by

FEVER RAY

courtesy of

MUTE

by arrangement with

BANK ROBBER MUSIC

written, designed and directed by

DAVID CHONTOS

executive producer

AMANDA MILLER

producers

SHANNON ALEXANDER

SANAZ SATTARI

pre-visualization

BRI MEYER

CHRIS MEEK

SASHDY ARVELO

choreography

MATTHEW NEFF

animation

TIMOTHY KALLOK

CHRIS MEEK

JOHN FIELDING

CHRIS BARSAMIAN

rigging

SEBASTIAN GARCIA

SEAN KEALEY

model + texture

YUO TENGARA

LARISSA DOCOLAS

KEVIN MANNING

JONATHAN IWATA

HAO CUI

DAVID CHONTOS

lighting

DAVID CHONTOS

STEPHEN DELALLA

CHRIS SAGE

fx

KELLY SHAY

KIEL GNEBBA

RYAN HURD

BRIAN ALVAREZ

CHRIS HEMPEL

color + compositing

DAVID CHONTOS

thank you

NEYSA HORSBURGH

BRITTANY JONES

MARTY BALES

JAMES ARMSTRONG

BUZZY COHEN

CAROL DUNN

SQUEAK E CLEAN PRODUCTIONS

composition

IF I HAD A HEART

writer

KARIN DRIEJER ANDERSSON

used by permission of Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

All rights reserved.

produced at

PSYOP