Gravity’s Law

Gravity’s Law

“Gravity’s Law” is a short film directed by Matt McDermott based on a poem by Rainer Maria Rilke, starring Sarah Mac and Neil Newbon. The direction of photography is by Tim Green, the narration by Bill Fellows and the colouring by Matt Osborne at The Mill. The film was shot on location at the Barbican Centre, commissioned by Channel 4 Random Acts and produced by The Gate Films.

Inspired by Rainer Maria Rilke’s poem of the same name, McDermott taps into themes of meditation and nature in a deliberate response to the overload of information in modern society. He was drawn to The Barbican Centre and estate because of its otherworldly quality and achieves a sense of calm with his long freefalling shots against the brutalist architecture.

“To fall, patiently to trust our heaviness”.

Matt McDermott is an award-winning freelance director and design director based in London specializing in live action, VFX, motion design and animation. He’s directed high profile TV commercials, broadcast campaigns, channel branding and idents, music videos and short films for clients such as Evian, Nokia and BT to name a few. He has worked with leading agencies and broadcasters including AMV BBDO, ITV and Channel 4 and has directed multiple TV campaigns for the BBC. His work has been spotlighted in the Young Director Awards and his work has been featured on David Reviews, The Creators Project, Fubiz, VOTD, LBB online, The Barbican and Creative Review.

To read the director’s interview about the film click here.

Channel’s 4 Random Acts is a brand new short-form arts strand airing five nights a week on Channel 4. Over the course of a year it will showcase 260 specially commissioned three-minute films chosen for their bold and original expressions of creativity.

All images © Matt McDermott/Gravity’s Law

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