A Suspicious Glow: Light by Sunday Paper

Darkness is usually portrayed as evil and light as good. What happens when light takes on ominous and threatening overtones?

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This delightfully eerie and atmospheric short film, Light, is the work of Sunday Paper, the creative home of Cole Schreiber and David Parker. Their “goal is to create evocative, beautifully crafted images, showcasing stories that are thoughtful and compelling in any and all mediums.” The photography and cinematography of Light are gorgeous and the musical score is haunting. Sheer brilliance!

The unnerving and fascinating thing about this video is that it takes light, something we usually acknowledge as a friendly force in our lives, and gives it attributes that make us squirm. Peter Lauridsen’s evocative musical score illuminates and describes an ominous form of light: slippery and unpredictable. It drips and oozes. Lamps collude with one another, blanketing areas in radiance and pushing cars. If light chose to be evil, wouldn’t it be a more blinding and fearful enemy than darkness?

Humans have feared darkness much more than light because shadow hides so much from our eyes. Despite this, many religions speak of the most malevolent angels and demons as beings of light. Lamps are used to intimidate during interrogation, torture, and crowd control. Light pollution affects our health and robs us of our view of the stars. Poisonous ingredients are used to produce light bulbs. All of this shows us that light is not universally good, especially artificial light.

Are we too quick to let the luminous into our lives?

Light

Directed by David Parker

Carlos Veron: Cinematographer
Kevin Zimmerman: Editor
Ritu Paramesh: Producer

The Mill NY
Colorist: Damien Van Der Cruyssen
Producer: Cat Gulacsy
3d Artist: Navdeep Singh, Thomas Bardwell, Joshua Merck

MassMarket NY
Producer: Marcus Lansdell
3d Artist: Aldrich Torres, Entae Kim, Yuheng Chiang,
Juan Cristobal Hernandez.

Compositing: David Parker, Cole Schreiber.

Sound
Original score: Peter Lauridsen @ Stimmung
Sound design and Mix: Lindsey Alvarez @ Lime studios

Quote for Today: Steven Pinker

Today’s ubiquitous, networked computers have an unprecedented ability to do mischief should they ever go to the bad. But the only mayhem comes from unpredictable chaos or from human malice in the form of viruses. We no longer worry about electronic serial killers or subversive silicon cabals because we are beginning to appreciate that malevolence—like vision, motor coordination, and common sense—does not come free with computation but has to be programmed in. …Aggression, like every other part of human behavior we take for granted, is a challenging engineering problem!
― Steven PinkerHow the Mind Works