Philips Darkroom by Johnny Hardstaff

DarkRoom, a film by Johnny Hardstaff, is another of the five films featured in the Parallel Lines project commissioned by Philips Cinema and Ridley Scott Associates (RSA Films). Each of the films features a shared line of dialogue, “What’s that?” “It’s a unicorn”. “I’ve never seen one up close before”. “Beautiful”. “Get away! Get away!” “I’m sorry”. In this film noir short an investigator takes the viewer for a trip through Bladerunner-like apartments using a series of very clever lenses, to discover not only a unicorn or two, but also some dark and deadly secrets.

Darkroom Screenshot from Philips Parallel Lines series

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The Parallel Lines project was developed at DDB London by creative director Neil Dawson, copywriter Sam Oliver, art director Shishir Patel, agency producer Lucinder Kerr and Natalie Powell, business director Neill Rob. Digital agency was Tribal DDB Amsterdam. Media planner was Paul Owen-Richardson at Carat Worldwide.

Filming was shot by director Johnny Hardstaff via RSA Films. Editor was JD Smyth at Final Cut, New York. Music is by Colin Smith´╗┐ and Simon Elms at Eclectic.