It all started with a post on Instagram asking our followers to participate in a collaborative project. The result? People from across the globe sharing their anxieties, hopes and dreams through a series of intimate online interviews. A deep dive into private thoughts amplified by feelings of physical isolation. Candid connections through disconnection. In addition, we received dozens of remotely directed videos of people breathing underneath plastic bags, which helped in the finalization of this piece.
Interestingly enough, a lot of the footage was shot exactly one year before nationwide lockdowns happened in 2020. Individual isolation in our modern world was a concept I felt society at large was already experiencing, but never could we have imagined the immense impact of a simultaneous global scale lock down.
All interviews were recorded online in April 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic.
All other scenes were shot in Los Angeles / San Francisco in April 2019, and in Berlin and a variety of global living-rooms in April 2020 as well.
Director: Maik Schuster
Production: I AM HERE
Director of Photography (US): Chris Baur
Director of Photography (Germany): Leander Ott
Director Assistant: Ibra Wane
Edit: Maik Schuster
Color: Mike Bothe
Sound: Marlon Beatt
VFX: James Barry
Title Design: Maik Schuster
Music: Julian Klincewicz – Song for the sun, song for the moon
Love to all contributors worldwide!
Sarah Pauley, Tom Feustel, Marcello Fuente, Ibra Wane, Maik Schuster
Thanks to Timm Gillner and Masa Sun
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