“Permutations” (March 2022)

Richard Causer, Bella Hood, Lucy Hood, Jacob Watton. Photo by Mark Greenmantle Photography

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“Love Song” October 2021

Richard Causer and Anthony Trojman

Love Song ‘Tension’ Trailer

Love Song Synopsis

Cast: Richard Causer, Anthony Trojman with Matthew Overberg
Choreographer and Editor: Claire Marshall
Cinematographer: Saroj Kumar Chauhan
Hair, Make-up and Production Assistant: Amelia Le-Bherz
Score: Ken Evans for Tycho Sound Design
Duration: 15:00
Resolution: 4096 x 3416
Aspect Ratio: 1.2

LOVE SONG is a story of a perception in a relationship of constant flux, where deception and emotional manipulation occurs, implemented for each persons’ agenda. Featuring dancers Richard Causer and Anthony Trojman as two men in the ever shifting relationship, LOVE SONG unfolds in a parallel structure, highlighting two sides of a relationship concurrently. 

The techniques used to present these two perspectives that occur in duality range from subtle, to oppositional in style to show contrasting stages of the story manipulated by: cinematography styles, editing techniques, and with some consideration of location.

The idea to present LOVE SONG in parallel structure opened up the idea to enhance the idea of alternative perspectives in a relationship and provide the viewer alternative perceptions of the characters and story. While each upper and lower frames occur individually the audience may wish to just follow one story, however, both stories are ideally absorbed concurrently – permitting the viewer’s eye to follow what they wish and their ‘perception’ to inform their experience of the story.


Love Song Stills

“Void” 2020

Void Trailer

Void Synopsis

Cast: Erin O’Rourke
Cinematographer: Saroj Kumar Chauhan
Choreographer and Editor: Claire Marshall
Hair and Makeup: Amelia Le-Bherz
Duration: 15:00
Resolution: 4096 x 1708
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Void explores the shedding of various selves in a transhistorical context, occurring in an ornate stairwell built in 1920. Editing techniques were the primary tool in sculpting the story through precise layering of many duplicate shots.

Void was created in two stages. The first was as a creative development in August 2020, and then as a dance film in September – December 2020.

Festival Screenings: Void has been selected for programming in the Dance (Lens) Festival at Dancehouse Melbourne, Open Vision Film Festival in Moscow, Russia, 11th Festival de Cine-Arte en la Frontera, in San Cristóbal-Venezuela, Thessaloniki Cinedance International in Greece, and TDP’21 International Dance Festival (Screendance Selection) in Ireland in 2021.

Creative development:

Void Stills

Alternative montage/ Kaleidoscope cut as a part of the creative process regarding the idea of ‘multiples’.

“Shift” 2019

Shift Trailer

Shift Synopsis

Cast: Richard Causer and Lucy Hood
Cinematographer: Kevin Holloway
Choreographer and Editor: Claire Marshall
Hair and Makeup: Amelia Le-Bherz
Duration: 32:22

Taking an 8-minute duet situated in various locations, and repeated four times, choreographer Claire Marshall investigates how the sense of ‘story’ shifts with the consideration of location, cinematic elements, and editing. The duet explores a discordant couple stuck in a rut, looping manipulative behaviour as four stories eventually shift to become one story. 

Rather than impose an idea on a specific location scouted to suit a story, as an experiment, Shift was filmed in numerous locations, and allowed the sense of “story” to evolve in the edit. At the time of filming, the editing of Shift was not pre-planned, making Shift unconventional. Rather, through a experimental creative processes, the sense of ‘story’ unfolded through the integration of the choreography in the various locations, which cyclically impacted on the cinematography and choreography through the editing. 

Shift was created as one of the creative outputs of Claire Marshall’s Master of Fine Arts (Dance) at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne in 2019.

Shift was filmed in 18 locations in Brisbane and Ipswich in October 2019. It was a four day shoot, entailed seven weeks of editing, and was completed and screened in December 2019.

Shift Festivals/ Awards/ Reviews:
Shift previewed in Brisbane Australia in December 2019, and premiered internationally in July 2020 at the 48th Dance on Camera Festival New York where it won ‘Best of Fest’ in the 20-40 minute category. Following this, Shift won the cinematography category in the Silk Road Film Awards, in Cannes, won the Close:Up San Francisco Short Film Festival, in the USA (experimental category), won the Obskuur Ghent Film Festival, in Belgium (Dance film category) in 2021, won the Open Vision Film Festival, in Moscow, Russia (dance film category), and was a finalist for the Kadoma International Film Festival, in Osaka Japan. Shift has been screened as a featured work at The Dance (Lens) Festival at Dancehouse Melbourne, and programmed as an official selection in the Cascadia Dance Film Festival, Canada, Birmingham International Dance Festival, England, Mill of Performing Arts Festival, Larissa Greece, and Defy Dance Film Festival, Nashville Tennessee.

Recently, Shift was selected again for the 49th Dance on Camera, New York, programmed with significant films over the 49 year history of the festival as well as in the highly revered London International Screen Dance Festival in London in September 2021. Shift was also a finalist for an Australian Dance Award in 2020. 

NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW (48thDance on Camera Festival, Lincoln Centre, NY):

In Claire Marshall’s 30-minute “Shift,” it’s the rotation of location that signifies. We see a man and woman whom the credits call a “discordant couple” grappling in a backyard, then suddenly in a pool, a playground, a bar, a tunnel. The artful editing, combined with the obliviousness of peripheral figures, conveys the self-absorption of a sexual unit and their pattern repetition — wherever these two may be, they’re still tussling in bed.– NEW YORK TIMES

Shift Blog


Shift Stills

“Silt” 2018

Silt Trailer 1

Silt Trailer 2

Silt Synopsis

Cast: Maddison Campbell, Kirrah Jobst, Amelia Le-Bherz, Paige Rasmussen.
Choreographer/ Producer/ Editor: Claire Marshall
Cinematographer: Kevin Holloway.
Hair and Markup: Amelia Le-Bherz
Duration: 10:00
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Silt was created for four dance students who were 17, 18, 19, and 20 years of age at the time of filming. The four enthusiastic student dancers worked with Claire Marshall to extend dance experiences at a pre-professional level. The full version of Silt is 10-minutes and premiered in Brisbane in December 2019.

Resembling a music video narrative where the cut-a-way moments create the narrative and the dance phrases are the “performance”, this more abstract dance film Silt is entered around four characters who find escape in a quaint little beach in the middle of the Brisbane CBD. The beach situated on the edge of the Brisbane river sees many people pass by, as well as vehicles zoom over the large structure of a bridge above. However, for the characters, it’s a place they connect as people continue to pass by going about their busy lives. Juxtaposed to this sense of freedom and escape, their movement output is deliberate clunky and hard, resonating their surroundings. 

Festival Screenings:
Silt was selected for screening at the In Shadow Film Screendance Festival Lisbon in 2020 and Re-think Dance Festival, North Dakota, USA in 2021.

Silt Blog


Silt Stills

“Ward of State” 2014

Ward of State Trailer

Ward of State Dining room snippet

Ward of State Synopsis

Cast: Richard Causer, Libby McDonnell. Chafia Brooks, Mariana Paraizo.
Choreographer/ Producer/ Story: Claire Marshall
Cinematographer: Kevin Holloway
Editor: Jane Wallace
Shoot director: Sarah-Jane Woulahan
Score: Susan Hawkins
Duration: 30:00
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Ward of State is a 30-minute narrative dance film about a girl who was taken from her mother and stepfather and placed the care of the state in a Magdalene Convent Laundry. Set in the 1930’s-1940’s Ward of State depicts the journey for both the daughter and mother characters. It delves into subject matters of abuse, neglect, and mental illness. 

Ward of State is inspired by choreographer Claire Marshall’s research into her family genealogy and her quest to understand things that occurred in the past. A significant portion of the narrative and the films characters are based on what Claire learned about her family history.  A common story in Australia, Claire has also drawn from research and interviews with women who were wards of the state. 

Ward of State was made with financial investment from Arts Queensland, and through crowd funding of Possible.

Festival Screenings
Ward of State won an Australian Dance Award in 2015 and was screened internationally in 2016 including at the San Francisco Dance Film Festival where Claire travelled to as a finalist and was invited to discuss her film. In addition it was programmed in the EnCore: Dance on Film, Georgia USA, Tenerife International Film Festival, Kent, Lombardy International Film Festival, Milan, International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema, Europe, Helios Film Festival, Cincinnati, USA, Blow-Up International Art House Filmfest Chicago, USA, The IndieFEST Film Awards La Jolla, CA, USA, and won the Mexico City Videodance Festival in 2016.

Ward of State Blogs

History: https://www.clairemarshall.com.au/278/
Part 1: https://www.clairemarshall.com.au/journey-of-making-ward-of-state-part-1/
Part 2: https://www.clairemarshall.com.au/journey-of-making-ward-of-state-part-2/
Part 3: https://www.clairemarshall.com.au/375/
Part 4: https://www.clairemarshall.com.au/ward-of-state-post-production-to-premiere/

Ward of State Poster

Ward of State Stills on set by FenLan

“Vault” 2013
(completed in 2019)

Vault Trailer

Vault Alternative perspectives

Investigating two different versions in editing

Vault Synopsis

Cast: Michelle Barnett, Jake Kuzma, Frances Hannaway, Matthew Overberg
Choreographer, Producer, Editor: Claire Marshall 
Cinematographer: Kevin Holloway
Director: Piia Wirsu
Score: J Valenzuela Didi 
Lighting: Simon Cook & Daniel Endicott
Duration: 20:00

Vault is a contemporary dance film exploring memories of spaces formed as a child, revisited as an adult. In 1983 as a child on a school excursion to the Queensland Museum, I became lost from class and found myself inquisitively exploring the museum, it’s winding staircases, hidden spaces, progressive eclecticism style architecture, and strangely interesting museum staff. Journeying through the now defunct building as an adult, memories of the people and discoveries I made as a child return and inspired the making of VaultVault was filmed in 2013 and completed in 2019.

Festival Screenings: In 2020 Vault was screened at the Festival Internacional de CineDanza, Canary Islands.

Vault Blogs


Vault Stills by Gemma Blake

“Pulse” 2012

Pulse Trailer 1

Pulse Snippets

Pulse Synopsis

Cast: Libby McDonnell, Miranda Zeller, and Anthony Trojman.
Choreographer, Producer, Editor: Claire Marshall
Cinematography/ Film Mentors: Grant Marshall and Jane Wallace
Sound: Forces
Duration: 12:00

Pulse was created at the Visy Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse. Pulse was choreographed around the existing space (as a location) around concrete support beams, graffiti walls and open areas. Pulse also drew inspiration from images of bygone days when the Powerhouse functioned as an industrial power station.

Pulse was the starting point of Claire’s quest to explore the dance on screen medium, with the specific interest in making a project that was:
– inspired by the space, and
– informed by research of the history of the space where created.

Pulse is a collaboration with Claire’s brother Director Grant Marshall and Jane Wallace. The creative development component of Pulse was created with financial support from an Ausdance Qld Creative Development Grant and as a Brisbane Powerhouse Powerlab.

Festival Screenings: Pulse premiered at the Brisbane Powerhouse in December 2012 and was a shortlisted finalist for an Australian Dance Award in 2013. The re-cut was selected for the International Festival of Blois, France in 2020 and Rogue Dance Festival USA in 2020.

Pulse Blogs


Pulse Stills: FenLan/ Grant Marshall

Pulse Poster

Dance film Showreels (2020)