Inspired by The Ring of the Nibelung, this project explores the Nibelheim and all of its secrets. With the use of experimental and analog techniques, we tell the story of Alberich and his encounter with the gods, who are seeking for the cursed treasure, which was stolen from the Rhine maidens.
Scope: Video production | Foley (sound effects) | Typography
Das Rheingold (The Rhinegold), is the first of the four music dramas that constitute Richard Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen, or in English, 'The Ring of the Nibelung.' In his third scene in the Nibelheim, Alberich has enslaved the rest of the Nibelung dwarves with the power of the ring. He has forced his brother Mime, the most skillful smith, to create a magic helmet to help him protect his treasure. Cheated by Wotan and Loge, Alberich demonstrates the magic of the helmet by transforming himself first into a giant snake and later into a toad. It is in this moment when the two gods quickly seize him and drag him up to the mountain top hoping to get the treasure out of him in exchange of his freedom.
We created the Nibelheim, the dark and magical world where Alberich and the Nibelung dwarves live in, by assembling rocks in different positions and zooming in with a camera to build a sense of darkness and deepness.
Each character can be recognize by a distinctive font, which helps the audience to follow the story. Scraps of pages of the script are placed around the set to keep an analog feeling through the short film.
Using two different projectors, we proceeded to screen the most relevant text from the opera into the cave in order to tell fragments of the story.
Foley sounds are used to enhance the auditory experience of the movie. With different materials such as metal plates, wood and paper, we recreate the sounds of fire, air and falling rocks through the film.