Lost in Motion II

Exploring the spectrum of emotions experienced by a dancer as she bares her soul for all to see.

Creative team

Writers: Ben Shirinian, Leslie Aimée Gottlieb, Guillaume Côté
Director: Ben Shirinian
Producers: Leslie Aimée Gottlieb, Nicholas Sorbara

Filmmaker’s statement

Director Ben Shirinian and choreographer/dancer Guillaume Côté expose the emotion of performance in the Lost in Motion series.

After the success of his 2012 short film Lost in Motion, Ben Shirinian reunited with Guillaume Côté for a powerful  follow-up film exploring the state of mind of an artist.

While the original film examines the feelings of isolation experienced by an artist before going on stage, Lost in Motion II develops the narrative by delving deeper into the spectrum of emotions felt by a performer.

The film combines original choreography, stylized art direction and seamless VFX to visually interpret the experience of an artist baring their soul on stage.

The film is about showcasing a universal take on where an artist retreats to in their mind when they expose themselves and their work. I wanted to create a setting that truly embodied and visually represented feelings of vulnerability, loneliness, danger and beauty all at once.

Guillaume and I came up with the physical environment of a lonely, eroding cliff top in the sky surrounded by looming, full, dark, clouds and prominent wind, rain, thunder and lighting to represent the inner turmoil and feelings experienced by an artist.

About Ben Shirinian

Ben Shirinian

Ben Shirinian was born in Montreal, Quebec and is a passionate filmmaker with a unique talent for bringing ideas to life through innovative visual techniques.

Combining his cinematic style with a strong eye for design, Ben has cultivated an inspiring body of work where he pushes the boundaries of visual storytelling in his pursuit to create compelling content in an original way.

With an in-depth knowledge of VFX and post-production, Ben’s 15 years’ experience spans digital content, broadcast commercials, film and new media projects including being creative director for Sony PlayStation in Canada.

Ben has recently explored his talents with a range of pioneering new projects. His new media ballet installation, Impermanence, premiered in Florence, Italy before touring North America, while his short film in collaboration with renowned ballet dancer and choreographer Guillaume Côté, Lost in Motion, debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival and was nominated for best experimental film at Miami International Short Film Festival.

The follow-up, Lost in Motion II, features music by Leonard Cohen and premiered at Cinedans Dance On Screen Festival in Amsterdam and Dance on Camera 2014 Film Festival in New York City.

The film also won best cinematography at the Canadian Society of Cinematography (CSC) Awards and best editing at the AICE Awards.

Ben was also recently commissioned as film director on the upcoming stage production of Handel’s Alcina for Opera Atelier’s 2014-15 season.

In 2010, Ben co-founded Toronto-based KLP, a design driven production company specializing in original and branded content across all media platforms.

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