Etch

Etch is a dance film choreographed and directed by Abby Warrilow & co-directed and edited by Lewis Gourlay.

Etch was produced by Victoria Watson at Eyebolls and was funded by Creative Scotland.

Winner - Best UK Dance Film / Screen.dance
Winner - Innovator Award / Dallas Dance Film Festival
Winner - Best Art Film / Caribbean Sea International Film Festival
Winner - Best Choreography / Mardel Dance Film Festival
Winner - Outstanding Choreography for a Lens, Utah Dance film festival
Winner - Audience Choice Award, Utah Dance film festival
Winner - Outstanding Special Effects, Utah Dance film festival
Winner - Outstanding Editing, Utah Dance film festival

Synopsis:
A girl hikes across remote moorland. On a hill in the distance, stands a lone building, which she discovers is a long abandoned school hall. A little sun penetrates the dirty glass. An upright piano sits in the far corner.

She takes off her muddy boots and with confidence in her gait, strides across to the piano and pulls it by one corner. The rusted wheels are jammed and it pivots, creating an arc. A line is carved in layers of compacted dust and the ancient wooden floor splinters with the weight of the instrument.

In the centre of the room, hinged on one foot, she extends her leg and rotates swiftly and with graceful power. Her feet trace, etch and carve in circular movements, creating marks in the layers of dirt. Her body contorts. She throws herself in controlled but frenetic choreography. The movements increase in size and vigour as a pattern emerges. Finally she stands back to witness the impression her dance has etched on the floor.

Director / Choreographer - Abby Warrilow
Director / Editor / VFX artist - Lewis Gourlay
Producer - Victoria Watson
Joanne Pirrie - Dancer
Abby warrilow - Writer
DOP - Andrew Begg
Focus Puller - Sefa Ucbas / Damian Leitch
Camera Assistant - Josh Rowe
Gaffer - Derrick Ritchie
Art Director - Paul Lambie
Aerials - Aerial Frontiers
Callum Rankine - Composer
Dubbing Mixer - John Vic
Costume and makeup - Karen Brown
Executive Producer - Rhona Drummond
Associate Producer - Simon Fildes