Photographer and filmmaker Kal Griffig shoots Sam and Jester at Select in the emotional twists of a silent, but good looking argument. Here, Kal talks through his inspirations and why classical music suits clothes.
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The film tells the story of a relationship. He loves her more than she loves him. And when they part she comes out stronger than he does. From my experience it seems a common pattern in relationships and break ups, one is left stronger than the other. Music was a great inspiration to this project. Not the kind of music that you actually listen to, but the one that plays in the background and subconsciously influences your mood. The idea of combining music and film was about watching an argument between two people but not hearing what they’re saying. So you sit in a café at the window facing the street. No street noise comes in and all you hear is the murmuring of voices, dishes and background music from the space you sit in. But outside on the street a couple argues. What happens in front of you is visually very heavy and emotional, you feel with it, although you can’t hear their words.
The title ‘No.47′ comes from Joseph Haydn – Sonata No.47 b-minor. It is a very lively piece but it masks emotion. It doesn’t make you happy or sad, maybe just a slight bit aggravated. The music was composed just for the film. It was a very close collaboration between the composer and myself.
Photography and Film Director: Kal Griffig
Styling: Paolo Zagoreo
Music: Philip Avierinos
Editor Offline: Marius Rocholl
Editor Online: Rohan Thomas
Make up: Elias Hove at Jed Root using Smashbox
Hair: Noriko Takayama using Kiehl’s
Models Sam Rollinson and Jester at Select
Photography Assistance: Timothy Stuart Wee
Fashion Assistance: Laurence Tooley
Photographs: Look 1: Sam wears cape Antonio Berardi. Dress Jil Sander. Look 2: Jester wears Jumper Mugler Homme. Shirt COS. Trousers Marni. Sam wears Top and trousers Céline. Jewellery Fenton. Look 3: Jester wears Jumper and trousers Saint Laurent Paris. Look 4: Sam wears Coat Alexander Wang. Jumper and Leggings Marni. Ring Mawi. Jester wears Top and trousers Calvin Klein.
Film: Scene 1: Jester wears jumper and trousers Yves Saint Laurent by Stefano Pilati. Shirt United Colours of Benetton. Shoes Marni. Scene 2: Jester wears T-shirt Aqua. Shirt and trousers Dsquared2. Tie Jil Sander. Scene 3: Sam wears top and belt Yves Saint Laurent by Stefano Pilati. Trousers Mugler Homme. Necklace and bracelet Mawi. Scene 4: Jester wears jumper, shirt and tie Jil Sander. Glasses PQ Eyewear designed by Ron Arad. Scene 5: Sam wears coat Alexander Wang. Jumper and trousers Marni. Sunglasses Gucci Eyewear. Shoes Céline. Jester wears top and trousers Calvin Klein. Shoes Nike. Scene 6: Jester wears jumper Mugler Homme. Shirt COS. Trousers Marni. Boots Geox. Sam wears top, roll neck and trousers Céline. Jewellery Fenton. Scene 7: Jester wears T-shirt Aqua. Shirt, trousers and boots Dsquared2. Tie Jil Sander. Sam wears coat and dress Calvin Klein. Belt Alexander McQueen. Scene 8: Jester wears trousers and boots Lanvin. Sam wears dress Dsquared2. Scene 9: Sam wears coat Antonio Berardi. Scene 10: Sam wears jumper Acne. Dress Mugler. Jewellery Yves Saint Laurent by Stefano Pilati. Scene 11: Sam wears jacket and skirt Lanvin. Necklace Maryam Keyhani.