Royal Opera House: Otello
A promotional video created for the Royal Opera House's 2017 production of Verdi's opera 'Otello', based on the Shakespeare play 'Othello'.
The trailer draws a parallel between the villain Iago's manipulation of Otello and the theatrical trickery involved in staging an operatic production. Iago is seen manoeuvring Otello via a control panel, until the protagonist realises that the world he inhabits is in fact a theatre stage.
For the pan around the whole theatre five interchangeable wall pieces were designed, based on the auditorium of the Royal Opera House itself. These were slotted into place, removed to accommodate the camera and then repositioned as the set rotated.
The film’ totally white aesthetic allows the shadows created with carefully controlled lighting to become story telling device. The contract between light and dark in the film highlights the thematic contrasts in the opera: illusion and reality, good and evil, sanity and madness. The protagonist was designed with deep empty eye sockets and harsh angles, relying on the shadows created to communicate facial expressions.