A Story like no Other

A Story like no Other, 2011
HD video, 1080p

Actors: James Brennan, Alexa Brown, Steve Jesson, Elle G. Lewys, Hayward Morse
Camera operator & Color grading: Damien Molineaux
Camera assistant: Andy Wicks
Assistant director: Cyril Rebetez
Sound: Daniel Chu Owen
Sound mixing: Julian Simmons
Lighting director: Graham Reed
Lighting assistant: Tom Long
Continuity: Joël Piguet
Make up & hair stylist: Rhea Le Riche
Set designer assistant: Justin Eagle

For each film that comes out in theatres a trailer is broadcasted for its promotion. These excerpts are usually drawn from the most exciting parts of the film and shown in abbreviated form. Voice-overs are used to briefly set up the premise of the film and provide explanation when necessary. The script of the video A Story like no Other is written with voice-overs gathered from some 50 trailers, from Hitchcock’s ‘Spellbound’ (1945) to George Nolfi’s ‘Adjustment Bureau’ (2011). Mysterious by design, in order not to give too much of the films away, the extracts are combined to tell the story of a man at the heart of a dangerous adventure.
Voice-overs of trailers are always exciting, mysterious and full of suspense, teasing for a pleasure soon to come. They need to tell a story in a highly condensed way with a maximum appeal. A Story like no Other plays ironically with this kind of hype as our protagonists switch from the role of actor to the one of narrator and vice versa. To imagine a story we don’t need much and when its ending is uncertain, what else can we do, but taking part in it, as our protagonists do?

La vidéo intitulée A Story like no Other met en scène un groupe d’acteurs qui se racontent une histoire issue uniquement de phrases tirées de différentes bandes-annonces de films. Le texte ainsi recomposé parle d’un homme au coeur d’une dangereuse aventure. Les protagonistes construisent ensemble ce récit qui peu à peu va les rattraper et ils deviendront les acteurs de leur propre scénario, entrant alors dans un monde d’intrigues menaçantes aux dénouements incertains. Les voix-off des bandes-annonces sont toujours palpitantes, empreintes de mystère et de suspense d’un plaisir à venir, et c’est à travers l’accumulation et la surenchère de ces fragments d’aventures inachevées que A Story like no Other ironise.
Finalement, il ne nous faut que peu de chose pour imaginer un récit et quand la fin reste incertaine, que pouvons-nous faire si ce n’est prendre part à l’action comme le font nos protagonistes ?