Under Seven Heavens

Experimental Short Film (Italy / 2016)

A story about freedom and happiness in times when others usually don't find them

"Under Seven Heavens" is less a traditional short film and more a mix between an opportunity for me to further my cinematographic studies, a challenge to improve in the deployment of visual effects, and my desire to create an atmospheric and visually interesting video.

The idea for this project came to me while I was visiting my girlfriend and her family at their home in central Italy during the Easter holiday in 2016. I brought along my camera and a small monopod because I already knew that I wanted to use my time there to create something new.

While taking a walk through my girlfriend‘s hometown and the surrounding countryside, I thought to myself that it would make for a beautiful little video to tell a story set in this scenery, made unique through the combination with a dark, almost menacing atmosphere. And just like that, the idea for this short film was born. 

With the help of my girlfriend, who is the actress in this video, I filmed all the necessary footage in just one day. The really difficult part of this project was the editing and visual effects. I had to replace the monotonously grey, cloud-covered sky with exciting and visually appealing dark storm clouds. The retouching and editing process took me around two weeks of active work to complete.

I ended up really enjoying this little project because it was fun to produce and I feel like the short, emotional story told in the short film has its unique value.

A billboard on the hills close to Jesi, Italy. Image taken for the short film "Under Seven Heavens" by Tiemo Weidemann.

An image of the location without the digitally added stormclouds

Credits

DIRECTED, FILMED and EDITED by Tiemo Weidemann

ACTRESS: Laura Lupinetti

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