Dancing to nothing Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh University graduate film 2013 Short drama RT: 20 minutes 31 seconds Directed by Ad Howells Synopsis Dancing to nothing tells the story of Katie, a profoundly deaf, isolated art student who confronts her condition when she meets street violinist and musician Zack who inspires her to transform her experiences through painting and art. Through a series of momentary encounters in this fantasied relationship, Katie finds a reconciliation with herself through the cathartic empowerment of dance, and realises that the beauty of music resides in her own imagination. Katie’s internal journey, shown through her sensations and the cognitive sensibilities of sight, hearing, and touch, explores how the senses as evocations of desire transform us viscerally. In an anamorphosis of memory, envisionment and reality, Katie’s disempowered, fractured identity, is restored in her interior mental dance to the oblivion of nothing, where she finds a form of transcendence from her disability. Credits list Cast and crew Written and directed by: Ad Howells Cast Katie Evans: Marli Siu Zack Ryder: Luke Harris Young Katie Evans: Lois Ambrose
Jamie Evans: Sean Gannon
Andy: Aaron Stewart Chris: Matt Dunn Crew Producer: Sanja Marjanovic
1st AD: Charlie Moon
Director of photography: Jonas Bak
Sound designer: Andreas Miranda
Additional music: Andrea Miranda, Tina Krekels
1st AD/Script supervisor/assistant: Sarah Eke 1st AD: Jenny Marie Crook Sound recordist/assistant camera: Laura Carreira Sound recordist/boom operator: Michael Mcilroy Artist: Charis Suddaby
Visual effects: Ben Lucas
Graphic designer poster and publicity: Stella Phipps With thanks to: Jennifer Ambrose Moria Landels Sarah Richardson
Darryl Martin
Victoria Mills
Ron Mackay
Alexander Cooper
Cara Mullen
Matthew Koenig, The City of Edinburgh Council, Children and Families
Maggie Kinloch. Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Caroline Charlton, Clerical Assistant, Reid School of Music Prof Peter Nelson. University of Edinburgh, Head of music
Emma Davie David Cairns Fiona Reid Stuart Condy
Edinburgh College of Art
The City of Edinburgh Council Edinburgh College, Jewel and Esk Edinburgh University: Reid Concert Hall Museum of Instruments, Bristo Square
Edinburgh University: Alison House, 12 Nicolson Square, Edinburgh. City of Edinburgh Council Colinton Dell Innocent tunnel, Holyrood Park, Edinburgh Music:
Mozart violin concerto 3, 2nd movement. Adagio
Bach Partita 2 Allemande Bach Partita 2 Gigue Ⓒ Edinburgh College of Art MMXIII
© Ad Howells 2014