SOUTH DAKOTA PREMIERE
Genre: Short Narrative
Location: London United Kingdom
Adult language or content
Q&A with MARCUS MARKOU
Cast & Crew
WRITER/DIRECTOR Marcus Markou
PRODUCER Muireann Price
KEY CAST Terry Mynott, Georgia Maguire, Tim Plester, Farshid Rokey, Kelda Holmes
It's another office affair – one of thousands. But in Office Song, the inner world of ordinary office workers and their humdrum lives bursts into life with poetry and something greater than the sum of their tedious working day is revealed.
I wanted to explore poetry in film. It’s been notoriously difficult to get right. Often what would normally be spoken out to an audience in a theatre becomes an internal monologue on screen. We see the character on screen and then we hear the poetry in voiceover. This film was an opportunity to explore how poetry could be spoken direct to camera, which is a theatrical device, whilst at the same time making it feel cinematic. To do this we used a Cinefade motor on the camera for the poetry sections, thus blending out the background to make it feel as if the character was now in another world – a fantasy. We also worked on the performance style and consciously dubbed these poems in a studio to capture that intimate “radio” voice. We scored the music at these points to raise the idea of another world. When we were shooting this, we didn’t really know if we could achieve this otherworldly feel. There were no other films – shorts or features – that we could reference and we were genuinely making something we’d not seen before. My mantra on set and beforehand was that we would have to make this film to find out if it worked. It involved a leap of faith by all involved. The story wasn’t so important but the manner in which we told it was everything. But what this did was raise the engagement of what is normally a familiar story into something engaging, different and fresh.