Emmy Curl's Own Image Is Projected Onto Her Face In Come Closer Music Video

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Music: director Nuno Barbosa layered photos of pop artist Emmy Curl over her body during this a single-take music video for her single Come Closer.

Emmy Curl video by Nuno Barbosa

In Barbosa’s video, Portuguese singer Curl’s image is projected onto her although she stands against a plain black background.


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Multiple projections of the singer performing slightly diverse motions overlap and conflict with her body as she mouths the lyrics to the track.

Emmy Curl video by Nuno Barbosa

“The 1st thing that came to my thoughts following listening to the lyrics was two beings coming together,” the Porto-based director told Dezeen.

Emmy Curl video by Nuno Barbosa

“We decided that we have been going to use Emmy’s image only – her correct self versus her projection.”

On occasion, visualisations of Curl covered in 4 different UV paint patterns are directed onto her face and neck – synced to echo her movements with a slight time delay.

Emmy Curl video by Nuno Barbosa

Artist João Tiago Fernandes created the physique-paint designs, which reference snippets of the song’s lyrics.

Emmy Curl video by Nuno Barbosa

For example, an animated painted bird takes flight from her neck following she sings: “I’ve got wings that taught me how to fly.”

Emmy Curl video by Nuno Barbosa

The complex production approach consisted of three main procedures.

Emmy Curl video by Nuno Barbosa

In the initial round of filming, Barbosa shot frontal and profile pictures of Curl to be used as projections in the course of the final efficiency.

Emmy Curl video by Nuno Barbosa

Curl then performed choreographed movements whilst covered in luminous paint and below a special UV light.

Emmy Curl video by Nuno Barbosa

Barbosa took the sequences produced throughout these earlier sessions, added fundamental effects and animation via application, and projected the resulting clips onto the singer whilst filmed once more.

Emmy Curl video by Nuno Barbosa

Curl performed a slightly various choreography than in the projections to produce various effects across her face and physique, utilizing a mirror to operate out where the photos were landing.

Emmy Curl video by Nuno Barbosa

“That setup was fairly awkward,” Barbosa admitted to Dezeen. “The projector was settled on an ironing board, with the camera above it. The camera was proper above the projector lens to get as little distortion as achievable.”

Emmy Curl video by Nuno Barbosa

The video took 3 weeks to make in total, with no post-production carried out on the final take.

Emmy Curl video by Nuno Barbosa

“We want to show the imperfections and fragility of reality,” stated the director. “The final result has an analogue really feel that would have been impossible to achieve in a post-production environment.”

Emmy Curl video by Nuno Barbosa

Come Closer is the first single to be taken from Emmy Curl’s album Navia, which is due out in early 2015.

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