Artist: RALF HILDENBEUTEL Record Label: REBECCA & NATHAN Animation: MIWHA SEEWALD / BORIS SEEWALD Dancers: SIMONE SCHMIDT / ALTHEA CORLETT Photograohy: GEORG SIMBENI Production Company: SEEWALD & HANNA UG
“…whenever we work on a project, it’s not that one side finishes his video or music and then it’s the other one’s turn. The work on image and sound happens simultaneously, always adjusting to each other’s updated version.”
For the beautiful video for ‘Disco’, producer and composer Ralf Hildenbeutel collaborated with director Boris Seewald to create a “hand-made music video.” Using a rotoscoping animation technique and two dancers, you are transported along with their movements. It is both graceful and fluid, juxtaposed with the roughness of the illustrations; a whopping 1,250 of them in a variety of media from ink to charcoal. The movements and illustrations flow along perfectly with the music, coming together as a mesmerising whole.
The result: a stunning video that feels raw, unadulterated and honest; a reflection of emotions of creative expression, whether that be through music, dance or illustration.
About BORIS SEEWALD
Boris Seewald is a director and editor based in Berlin with a passion for music and dance films.
With a musical background and an innate ability to coordinate image and sound, Seewald seeks his form of expression in the rhythmical illustration of music. His short film “Momentum” and his music video for “The Feast” and “Spark” by Ralf Hildenbeutel have received more than twenty awards between them (including the Cinedans Dioraphte Jury Award – the highest for dance film worldwide), and have played at more than a hundred film festivals worldwide.
With a clear intention of pursuing a career in film, he began working on his own film projects and amassing work experience in this field. Though Boris Seewald is primarily self-taught, he studied directing at the Filmarche and film studies at the Berlin University. Since founding his company, Seewald & Hanna, he freelances and has completed music videos for labels including Deutsche Grammophon, has worked in the post-production department for short and feature films and has edited numerous commercials (e.g. the Berliner Philharmoniker) and television series.