The narrative follows the film’s protagonist, avant-garde US soprano Joan La Barbara, who plays herself as she pursues a strange and mysterious character, a manifestation of her former colleague Morton Feldman, into a surreal dreamworld.

To achieve this union between the cinematic and the interactive, additional to a film crew, they also filmed with a remote-controlled custom rigged VR-camera drone setup at an Amsterdam cemetery. Using a custom WebGL player they turned these scenes into 360-degree interactive levels with the main character of the film, Joan La Barbara, becoming the avatar. These interactive environments are interspersed between five short films based around the music of Morton Feldman, along with a new piece by composer Anat Spiegel.

Throughout the interactive parts, viewers have to collect items—bones—to advance to the next film chapter. Collecting seven in total gets you to the final film, which takes inspiration from Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey and features a solo by Joan La Barbara.

Credits

A project by Sjaron Minailo
Commissioned by Holland Festival
Coproduction with La Monnaie/De Munt Brussels
Interactive film produced by Truth.io
Music by Morton Feldman: The Straits of Magellan, Chorus and Instruments II, Vertical Thoughts V, Only
Music by Anat Spiegel: The Transmigration of Morton F., Vocal compositions for Bones
Starring: Joan La Barbara, Boyan Delattre
Director: Sjaron Minailo
Creative producer: Ruben van Leer
Director of photography: Remko Schnorr
Musical director and conductor: Jamie Man
Interactive & design: Next Empire /

With: Stefanie Janssen, Anat Spiegel, Sjaron Minailo, Mira Helmer, Eliot Myrmel, Margriet Berger, Judith de Lenge, Fleur de Graaf, Luciënne Venner, Reve Terborg, Anastasia Garyfallou, Anne De Andrade, Eva-Kristin De Ridder, Feadan Mccall, Franka Bauwens, Layzmina Emerencia, Lieke Kools, Merel Franx, Lisa Jacobs, Marialuisa Latenne, Nicolien Kipp, Sharon Geernaert, Sofie Doorman, Sophie Floor Wartenbergh, Yulia Kuharenko

Featuring excerpt from the performance Concrete Interior by Jennifer Tee, choreography: Jennifer Tee and Miri Lee,
Performer: Miri Lee, Art Piece: Crystalline Floorpiece

Violamine (4) Hand-dyed wool 210 x 210 cm
and excerpt from Dialogues with Lucinda by Nicole Beutler, choreography by Lucinda Childs, interpretation: Dancers of Nicole Beutler/NBprojects, dancers: Hillary Blake Firestone, Joao Dinis Pinho, Christian Guerematchi, Naiara Mendioroz Azkarate, Marjolein Vogels

Production manager: Philippe Avendano Vera
production assistants: Han Bruers, Lotte Schmidt
Set manager: Kelly Joan Jenkins
Extra’s coordinator: Katinka Enkhuizen
Steadicam: Peter van Vught
2nd camera: Suzanne Bakker
Focus puller: Kelly Steen
VR producer: Yori van Gerven
VR camera: Sjors Ruijter
VR Post production: Eduardo Hernandez Perez
VR Operator: Yori van Gerven
VR supervisor: PeeJee Doorduin
VR-drone: Rob Drewett (Motion Impossible)
Stills, making-of & data handling: Fabien Normand
Gaffer & light: Zen Bloot, Maarten Warmerdam, Jose Van Beek Warmerdam
Best boys: Thomas Born, Blaine Bradley, Tim Bloemraad
Art director: Klaas Wijnberg
Art assistant: Jolien Wensink
Art intern: Maureen van der Lugt
Photography Morton Feldman book: Irene Ikner-Haupt
Special props designer: Luciënne Venner
Assistant choreography & casting Amsterdamse Bostheater: Luciënne Venner
Costumes & styling: Susanne Eldering
Assistant styling: Tess Groen, Svetlana Fedina
Hair and make-up: Alina Stefan
Assistant make-up: Noa Tijssen, Dewi Korvin
Grip: Peter van Vught
Grip assistants: Joost van Baardewijk, Menno van Loon
Editors: Amber Hooijmans, Sjaron Minailo
VFX supervising & CGI: The Outpost
Compositing: The Compound
Additional compositing: Bart van Brussel
Sound design: Arnoud Traa
Colorist: Rachel Stone
Dramaturgy: Krystian Lada
Assistant director/dramaturgy: Aïda Gabriels
Catering: The Meal Makers
Executive interactive producer: Vincent Lindeboom
Creative technologist: Jean Jacques Warmerdam
Design: Ingo Valente
Programming advisor: Pieter Jongsma

Music performed by musicians of the chamber orchestra of La Monnaie/De Munt: Femke Sonnen (violin), Yves Cortvrint (viola), Sébastien Walnier (cello/violoncello), Robby Hellijn (double bass), Carlos Bruneel (flute), Jean-Noël Melleret (horn), Manu Mellaerts (trumpet), Stephan Vanaenrode (tuba), Luk Artois (percussion), Agnès Clément (harp), Alfredo Abati (celesta piano), Maarten Stragier (electric guitar)

Choir: Aquarius Chamber Choir Brussels – soloists: Vertical Thoughts (Anat Spiegel), The Transmigration of Morton F. (Anat Spiegel, Stefanie Janssen, Vanja Schoch), Only (Joan La Barbara), Vocals for Bones (Anat Spiegel, Kevin Walton)

Music recorded at La Monnaie/De Munt Brussels
Recording: Geert De Deken & Deborah Dourneau
Mixing: Deborah Dourneau
Mastering: Philippe Paque
Camera equipment: Camera Rentals – Colin Driessen
Film studio & light: Schram Studios – Bas Schram 
Extras: Anastasia Starosenko, Michiel Gantzert, Bert Prinsen, Hans Schrumpf, Simon Angela, Luciana Moncalvo, Nina Alexandrou, Abida, Hannie Stap, Letitia Wong, Annebelle Helberg, Vivian Dierickx, Ria van Teeffelen, Lucija Nalis, Hester Bangert, Marc Staljanssens, Ellen Staalberg, Jacky Wolters, Margriet Duyster, Riccardo Giannattasio, Ivan Oostvriesland, Petra Mesman, Sylvia van Stralendorff, Sven Piekstra, Sarah Faye van der Ploeg, Lidia van de Brink, Anitra van der Voort, Isabel Mercedes, Herma Nijhuis, Manja Jordens, Tineke van Glasenap, Sjaak Beseling, Yvonne de Graaff-Pasman, Lisanne Kniese, Gwen van Iersel, Casper Oudshoorn, Joost van den Hooff, Josué Silverio da Silva, Toos van Aken, Adriano de Moura Paiva, Berith Danse, Irish Verwey, Sylvia Baan, Ellen Staalberg, Jacky Wolters, Jacqueline Amor, Ans Rekers, Els Bader, Aïda Gabriels

Locations: Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam Depot, Café Restaurant Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Mendo Bookstore, Nieuwe Ooster Cemetery Amsterdam, Stadsherstel Amsterdam –De Duif, Het Amsterdamse Bostheater, Tropicana Rotterdam, Schram Studio’s

Thanks to: Carla van der Elst, Gwen Bakker, Kees Koeman, Roel Prins, Leora Boot, Renata Semeins, Sabine Biesheuvel, Colin Driessen, Hanna Spiegel, Thomas Myrmel

Paintings by Philip Guston: Painting, Smoking, Eating, 1973,
The Door, 1978, Courtesy of Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and Philip Guston Estate

The Transmigration of Morton F

360 VR Specialist

A new interactive opera film fuses live performances with a custom WebGL environment to tell a postmodern narrative exploring the music of celebrated 20th century composer Morton Feldman. The project, called The Transmigration of Morton F., was commissioned by Amsterdam’s Holland Festival and is headed up by artistic director Sjaron Minailo with creative production by Ruben van Leer.

Features

  • Technical supervision
URL http://www.mortonf.net
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