Do u for u
Do U for U follows two strangers as they explore and express their individuality through each other.
Fearful of what the other may think, they slowly grant each permission to restore a self that’s free of expectation, and free of an audience. A self that was lost in the crowds and cluster of daily life but now found in the safety and emptiness of a train car.
Through movement and fashion, we witness the two break free from settling into the expectations and norms that come with gender, love, routine, and society. Finally existing fully for themselves, strong enough to face the world on their own terms.
By slowing down the pace and playing with tempos throughout the piece, we reflect on the differing momentums of the day-to-day. Not incorporating camera tricks or visual effects, we see everything for what it is -- a true representation of the individuals on camera, and a pause of the constant imagery, digital enhancements, and distractions of modern life.
To shoot this piece, we disguised the production as an usual “Showtime” routine, blocking the doors, talking nicely to the MTA workers and working together as a crew to stay incognito. We all went out of our roles to make this happen. The makeup artist became the one playing bouncer by the doors, the stylist pretended to just be a passenger, the producer occasionally shouted out an “It’s Showtime,” the director became the AC, holding the DP still from swinging left to right. Even a yoga teacher and Julliard ballerino by-day, became our subway dancers by-night. We were only a team of 8 doing the job of a 20 crew production, trying to communicate between cars with hand signs due to lack of walkies talkies and phone service. Jordan, our DP, came straight off a flight from Paris to the shoot. And very well-coordinated, we even removed the ads from the subway ourselves, replacing them with an orange gel, giving the piece a timeless look. This proves that if you find the right team, a midnight-7AM shoot underground with no bathroom can still be a good time for the love of making something great.
Directed by Patricia Gloum Written by Patricia Gloum & Emily Kaufman Director of photography Jordan Hall Producer Justine Vilgrain Produced by Braw Haus Production assistant Bryan Berrios
Dancers Jasmin Villegas Bolivar & Robert J. Mason
Motion design Edition.studio Costume designer Maria Meza Make up & hair Artist Madison Personette Original Music and Sound Design by KYOSi and Proud Creature Editing Patricia Gloum Coloring Nicholas Lareau