Half the Heart – a music film by Andreas Rochholl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A music film with a soprano, a deaf Angel, a worker, 2 horses and a Central Station. A bride running in deep despair along the industrial waterside of a river, when a deaf angel arises. A workman discovers miracles during his daily duty of garbage.

Music Film by Andreas Rochholl

A bride running in deep despair along the industrial waterside of a river, when a deaf angel arises. 
A workman discovers miracles during his daily duty of dumping garbage. 
A song being born out of a metropolitan navel into realms of the soul.

What is the mystery of this moment, when in daily life a melody is fathered in one’s mind? Where does music start to live in a new form? The public adores a brilliant musician or orchestra on a stage or in a highfidelity aesthetical recording, but far from all these professional venues and virtuosic materializations there is always a certain beginning of what we call a piece of music. A moment in a biography far from the state of a public performance.

In Half the Heart cutting-edge sound design techniques was applied by recording and mixing both on-location sounds and studio recordings. The idea was to extend the relationship between the visual and acoustic spaces and to blur and oscillate the boundaries in-between. How does it sound e.g., when a melody is just in your mind, not yet on the lips – the moment before it is materialized as an acoustic expression?

 In order to transfer the song to the structure of a filmic, the music itself went through a transformation process during the production. The musicians, who perform as actors in the film, found new forms fusing sounds arising from their acting with the musical material of the composition, thus extending the range of their interpretation and their improvisational skills.

Bride

Wanko, a Worker

Half the Angel, deaf

Bride’s Sister

Wanko’s Colleague
 
Script, Director and Editor
Music

Director of Photography

Sound Director
Color Grading

Make-up Artist

Costume

Set Photographer

Consigliere

Production Assistant
Camera Assistant and Gaffer

Sign Language Interpreter

Sign Language Coach

Horse Master

Lisa Tjalve, Soprano

Jan Gerdes, Piano

Heidrun Barth
Simone Leona Hueber

Hans-Georg Bachmann
 
Andreas Rochholl
Sidney Corbett

Philipp Grieß

Daniel Weingarten
Stefan Reiss

Christiane Buchholz
Sabine Gallei

Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk

Susanna Poldauf

Ortrun Stanzel

Gregor Reinbold

Mira Evstratova

Mandy Gnerlich

Jörn Evers, Dagmar Usadel

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Coproducer
World Sales

Sidney Corbett’s composition is taken from his song cycle „Lieder aus der Bettlerschale“ (1998) for Soprano and Piano, after a poem by Christine Lavant (1915-1973)
 

Sony PMW F3

12:50 min

16:9 letterbox (looks 2,35 : 1)

Stereo, Digital 5.1 available
2012
no dialogue



Zeitgenössische Oper Berlin
Gonella Productions

 with Support from DB Station & Service AG and DB Services GmbH

 
Thanks to: Sandra Beckervordersandforth and Sophia Kreller
Special Thanks to: Eva Niemand Schmuck