Cradle (2022) is a new short film created by the Canadian artist Philip Beesley from the University of Waterloo, London-based Warren du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones, and Amsterdam-based Salvador Breed. See the film on @philip.beesley Instagram IGTV and YouTube.
Inspired by the form language of Beesley’s “living architecture” environments, the film’s intricate geometries move from inert crystalline minerals into surging life forms. Within an astral, dream-like vision of constant metamorphosis, a child-like being emerges, reflecting the fundamental journey from death into new life. Rising and falling in cycles, deeply fragmented wilderness is interwoven with shimmering, hopeful light. Whispering voices emerge from cavernous depths, creating an emotional passage from suffering through new life and innocent wonder.
Together, the film and sound composition offer an almost overwhelmingly intense experience of innumerable worlds falling into chaos and rising again in new life. An extended, immersive version of this film accompanied the installation Grove exhibited at the 2021 Biennale of Architecture in Venice.
Cradle – Philip Beesley
Film Installation – Directed by Warren Du Preez & Nick Thornton Jones
Cradle Curator & Producer – Bianca Weeko Martin and Sascha Hastings
Produced by – W&N Studio & PBSI Studio & Immortal Productions
Executive producers – PBSI & CLIC/Glen Lowry
Actress – Tilley Du Preez @ Sylvia Young Agency
Music Composition – Salvador Breed
VFX Creation – W&N Studio & Gavin Coetzee / Studio Tekati
VFX Creation Assistant – Kevan Cress
Editor – Xavier Perkins / Exeeda
3D Scanning – FBFX London (big thank you to Martin Kern)
Z Brush Artist – Chris Everritt
Storyboard Artist – Alex Noble
Motion Capture & Rigging – Mark Maxwell
PBSI Studio Assistance – Timothy Boll, Matt Gorbet, Lisa Jiang, Michael Lancaster, Stephen Ru
Composer – Salvador Breed
Text – adapted from Gustav Flaubert’s The Temptation of Saint Anthony, 1874
Male voice – Philip Beesley
Female voice – Eva Bartels
Iris van Herpen
Generously supported by Stichting Gerbrandy Cultuurfonds, Canada Council for the Arts, Embassy of Canada to Italy, HIP Developments, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), and the University of Waterloo