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EL CANT DELS OCELLS

FC Barcelona Tribute To Covid-19 victims

Piece interpreted by the cello section of the Gran Teatre del Liceu Orquestra, in the version that Pau Casals himself made for this group of instruments.

FC Barcelona entrusted me with “El Cant dels Ocells” which I directed in collaboration with the Gran Teatre del Liceu during the COVID-19 pandemic to pay tribute to its victims. The Club chose a popular Catalan composition called "El Cant dels Ocells", which was made popular around the world by the Catalan musician Pau Casals, for the tribute. The composition was performed by the entire cello section of the nine-piece Gran Teatre del Liceu Orchestra in the version that Pau Casals himself arranged for this ensemble of instruments.

 

As a tribute to the missing victims of the pandemic, we sought the most sober lighting possible to help achieve an atmosphere of intimacy and seclusion in such a large space as the Camp Nou Stadium is, so we planned the shooting at night for a start.

In order to light the entire field, we used only one of the light phases from the spotlight grids that illuminate the stadium on each side in alternatively way. As we dimmed the spotlights to 50%, we were able to use them as a natural backlight for the musicians.

However, we still needed to find an elegant and simple way to visually stage the victims without showing any images, and it was the DOP, Gil Ventura, who suggested using an astera's led tubes lights circle that wrapped the musicians in white light and represented the victims in a symbolic way.

 

The shooting took place on June 10, 2020 behind closed doors at Camp Nou. From 8:00 pm to 2:00 am. Gil and I set up five different camera sets with three takes per set, and all different camera angles for each take placing the nine musicians in different sets. I would like to highlight the excellent camera and gaffers crew of BAIKAL PRO coordinated by Gil and Albert, and especially to: Gemma Roges, Oriol Colomar and David Arasa, who are all experienced directors of photography.

Client: Barça Studios. 

Directed by: Guillem López

DOP: Gil Ventura

Camera Operators: Santi Molina, Gemma Roges, Oriol Colomar

Slider: David Arasa

Crane: Albert Manich, Santi Moga

Gaffers: Jordi Roset, Cristian

Executive producers: Laura Busto, Willy Peters, Paco Latorre

Production Manager: Esther Alvárez

Production Assitants: Laura Cusí, Marta Gómez

Make-Up: Andrea Trenado

Film Editor: Josué Turnez

Colorist: David Avecilla

Copy: Albert Monreal

Recording musicians & cello mix: Angel Studio (Miquel Mestres)

Sound post-production: Quique Nicolás

Cellos: Peter Thiemann, Cristoforo Pestalozzi, Òscar Albalau, Guillaume Terrail, Matthias Weinmann, Esther Clara Braun, Carmen Comeche Cervera, Juan Manuel Stacey 

Year of production: 2020

Running time: 4 minutes 23 sec.

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El Cant  dels Ocells. FC Barcelona Tribute To Covid-19 victims
El Cant  dels Ocells. FC Barcelona Tribute To Covid-19 victims
El Cant  dels Ocells. FC Barcelona Tribute To Covid-19 victims
El Cant  dels Ocells. FC Barcelona Tribute To Covid-19 victims
El Cant  dels Ocells. FC Barcelona Tribute To Covid-19 victims
El Cant  dels Ocells. FC Barcelona Tribute To Covid-19 victims
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