Death of Albine

Short Film

Live Action - Direction - VFX

Death of Albine is part of our ongoing series of studio projects, designed to expand and explore our creative output. The film is a collaborative project with British installation artist Rebecca Louise Law and is inspired by elements of the French novel, The Sinful Priest by Emile Zola.

The novel centres upon forbidden love, exploring the affair between a young priest and an innocent girl, Albine. When she is abandoned by her lover, Albine is left bewildered at the loss. She tears flowers from the garden where the pair consummated their love, to make a deathbed. Laying down amongst the petals, thorns and leaves, she commits herself to death.

“An intriguing insight into life, love and death”
Joseph Furness
Glass Magazine

The visual effects

Photo-real flowers

One of the exciting challenges of the film was the climactic scene in which all the flowers die. Rather than adopting the more traditional, and glitchy, time-lapse approach, we chose to represent the dying flowers entirely in CGI, as this gave us total control and a completely smooth shot.

The final sequence required six photo-real flowers, leading us to explore new techniques, and expand our skills further into the world of visual effects.

The shoot

The garden of England

The film was shot over a weekend in Kent, England. We assembled an A-list team and pulled out all the stops, utilising anamorphic lenses, drones, steady-cam and smoke machines.

Rebecca and her team created two versions of the deathbed – one with cut flowers, and another from pre-dried flowers. The lilies and roses for the garden, out of season, had to be sourced and planted for the shoot.

About the artist

Rebecca Louise Law

Rebecca Louise Law is a British installation artist, best known for artworks created with natural materials, namely flora. The physicality and sensuality of her work plays with the relationship between humanity and nature. Law is passionate about natural change and preservation, allowing her work to evolve as nature takes its course, offering an alternative concept of beauty.

“The book is an inspiration into how far you can use flowers within the creative arts”
Rebecca Louise Law
Installation artist

The Music

An award-winning original score by Echoic

The music and sound design for the film was created by Echoic Audio. As well as crafting a beautiful original score, they enlisted the help of composer Andrew Morgan and the Bristol Ensemble, who performed and recorded the music live at Bristol’s Invada Studios.

The final music is hauntingly beautiful and far exceeds our wildest hopes and ambitions. It won Best Score at the LA Film Awards earlier this year.

Artwork

Credits

A film by

Found Studio

In collaboration with

Rebecca Louise Law

Director

Mike Sharpe

Featuring

Olivia Lumley


Producer

Sean Stuart

Cinematographer

Tony C Miller

Production Manager

Melissa Massey (Rubbernecker Films)

Production Assistant

Darren Blackwood

2nd AD

Daniel Stuart

Steadicam

Simon Wood

1st AC

Jeff Vine

2nd AC

Nick Crew

DIT

Nick Allsop

Gaffer

Danny Hayward

Electrician

Lee Brinkley

Electrician

Jovan Lawrence

Hair & Make-up

Vickie Ellis

Photographer

Charles Emmerson

Location Catering

Andrew Law & Youssou Diagne


Artist’s Assistants

Kim Ross

Olivia Deane

Philip Norman

Simon Rees

Aden Stanners


Editor

Chris McKay (Cut & Run)

Flower VFX

Rory McLean

Particle FX & Clean-up

Ryan Locke & Sam Humphries

Colourist

George K (MPC)

Grade Producer

Thomas Cole (MPC)

Music & Sound

Echoic Audio

Orchestration Arrangement

Drew Morgan

Performed by

The Bristol Ensemble


Special thanks

Stonebridge Farm

John & Susanna Lumley

Joshua Lumley

Dan Crow

Charlotte Linzell

Richard and Christine Todd

Caroline Fulton

The Bristol Ensemble

Invada Studios