Super Night Shot | Gob Squad
Everyone deserves a close up, to be shot from four different angles. Everyone deserves a musical montage. Everyone deserves slow motion when they kiss.
In tonight’s performance Simon Will was the hero, Erik Pold the casting director (it was his job to find a heroine), Sarah Thom the location scout and Mat Hand the marketing manager. They had an hour to create a blockbuster film which would premiere immediately afterwards in the underground studio at the State Theatre Centre.
After synchronising their watches, introducing themselves, reinforcing the rules of the game and then declaring a 'war on anonymity', the team set out into the streets to capture chance encounters, and create a theatrical snapshot of urban nightlife.
“Super night shot is an hour long multi screened video event, filmed an hour before the audience arrives. The film contains no cuts and is produced with four video cameras by four performers in the streets of Perth. The audience waiting to see the movie becomes the final scene as the heroes return from their fantastical mission. A technician skillfully mixes the sound live, and at times adds touches of filmic soundtracks”
The renegade theatre making collective Gob Squad (UK/Germany) explain: “We try and explore the point at which theatre meets art, media and real life”. The show I saw tonight captured a blend of film, street theatre and installation art. The elements of the final product contained both choreographed and improvised events. There were clearly pre arranged times during the hour when each member of the team had a set task to do. For example: dancing with an umbrella, donning a mask, panning their cameras in a circular motion for a shot “in the round” or bopping along to a rap song. Between these choreographed moments though, was the really astounding stuff. You can’t predict the kind of interactions the artists had with passersby on the streets of Perth, and you can’t script the dialogue that came about.
You may buy a ticket to see the movie or even be in it. My friend and I were pleasantly surprised to find that we had been “extras” in the project as we walked by Mat Hand while he was dancing with his umbrella. In addition to that fortuitous encounter, we and the entire audience were thrilled to be a part of the end of the movie (the wrap party) which was filmed in the foyer before we had even gone in.
Although the objective and the overall structure may be similar, the finished product is going to be different at each of the four performances of Super Night Shot. With a simultaneous premiere and closing night, this is one movie you don’t want to miss!
Super Night Shot
Venue: Studio Underground, State Theatre Centre of WA
Dates: 10 – 13 Feb, 2012
Tickets: $49.50 – $25.00