Leverage: a film by Giac Patroni

Circus WA is a Fremantle institution, based in a big top on the CBD’s fringe.

Giac Patroni is an emerging cinematographer with an interest in ideas around identity, memory, time and mortality.

Leverage is a film that reveals the exceptionalism of both performer and filmmaker and was commissioned by TheFulcrum.Agency as part of issue 02 of our journal:

Giac Patroni on Leverage

For me, leverage is about using what you have to maximum effect. Whether it is the physical action of a lever or a more abstract concept used in an interpersonal context. Leverage implies motion, change and to a certain extent, conflict. All things exist in a constant state of flux, leveraging and reacting off one and other. Leverage relies on this relationship and explores how entities interact with one other to achieve harmony.

Whilst leverage can take many forms, physical leverage is the most visually interesting in a project like this. The raw physicality and effort required by two or more people highlights the impressiveness of their abilities and by extension the phenomenum of leverage. In contemplating this project it was important for the act of leverage to be the main focal point of the film. I chose to have a locked off camera and let the action be the main kinetic aspect of the piece.

In this project I wanted to explore the relationship between people and their environment as well as the physical relationship between people.

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