Rob Ulitski - 26th June 2020

Joao Retorta directs a transcendent exploration of love and meaning, in his latest video for Prospa's Ecstasy. 

Inside a loft-style apartment, two lovers are intertwined, discussing life through a voiceover. Their lips don't move, but their feelings and thoughts are expressed through subtitles and the knowing glances they share.

Every moment together is ecstasy for the couple, as they lose themselves in each other's bodies and minds, forming an organic bond that is otherworldly and hypnotic. 

DoP Harry Wheeler captures the experience in a documentary fashion, a fly-on-the-wall perspective of one couple's magical connection. The track's ebb and flow between contemplation and urgency is reflected in B Brendan Jenkin's mesmerizing edit. 

The distorted frame rates and frenetic camera movement create a whirling aesthetic, uninhibited and detached, representing the addictive quality of love and the journey the couple share. 

Colour is also used to great effect in this video. When the couple are separated and away from each other, a cold blue permeates the atmosphere, cold and isolated. The palette switches to sunny orange when they are together, representing the warmth and safety of their connection. 

A glitchy projection setup at the midpoint represents the more surreal aspects of the concept, the idea that our minds are rich havens of experience that transcend our limited human experience. 

Beautifully executed, Retorta has captured the essence of the track in the concept, and transformed it into a nostalgic, poignant tapestry of life and love.

PRO Credits


DirectorJoao Retorta
ProducerJoel Spencer
Production CompanyBullion Productions
Director of PhotographyHarry Wheeler
1st ADLuke Goodrich
Art DirectorBon Walsh
GafferDavid Nye
Focus PullerPhil Heron
Sound RecordingJim Friend
StylistRhiannon Barry
Casting directorHannah Ashby Ward
EditorBrendan Jenkins
Editing companyTenThree
ColouristJason Wallis
Grading companyElectric Theatre Collective
VFXJim Allen
Director's Rep (UK)OB Management
CommissionerMarco Grey
Post production companyNo.8
Film LaboratoryCinelab London

Rob Ulitski - 26th June 2020

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