The Art of Letting Loose

Raw Dance and Matrix-esque shots in this Epic Display of Visual Storytelling

‘Mari made sure the dance was top notch, and I made sure the image and feeling lived up to that,’ Sweeden-based filmmaker Maceo Frost, told us about his recent collaboration with choreographer Mari Carrasco. After meeting the dancers for the first time, and being blown away by the energetic routine at Mari’s studio, the shape of the short dance film, Ready to Surrender, began to take form. The film explores the subject of letting go, daring to fail and not going out without a fight.

‘If you’ve seen my work you can see that there is a special spirit behind it, I can’t explain it. I believe there is a certain magical rhythm in filmmaking and if you’re able to find it and capture it, you’ve captivated the audience.’

The choreographed narrative is partly influenced by Kung-fu movies, The matrix and Inception, bursting with epic slow-motion scenes and dolly shots of beautiful rooms reminiscent of architecture videos.

Sound-tracked by a selection of energetic, raw and futuristic tracks, we hear Lukid’s Boxing Club, and also a specially made track by Maceo’s father Damon Frost, legendary street-dancer and producer.

‘My dream is to have it seen by as many people as possible,’ Maceo told us, shown in as many festivals as possible, and to inspire people to dance and make more films.’

We entered Maceo’s dance matrix, to find out more about his film-making:

The Plus: What was the most technically challenging part of making this film?
Maceo frost:
The most challenging part was the scene with the dancers falling through black space. We did this by jumping on gymnast trampolines. The problem is that these trampolines have incredible rebound and are quite dangerous for the inexperienced user. Everyone except our stunt-coordinator hurt themselves in some way, jumping on that darn thing. Myself included.

TP: You make all different types of films, including commercials and documentaries. What style do you enjoy making most?
It changes with my mood. Sometimes I want to do something serene and beautiful, full of emotions; the next day something epic and grand. Then suddenly I feel like everything looks too nice and I have to make something more punk and trashy to find balance.

TP: Could you tell us a little about your next big project?
I’m working on a documentary/portrait film that I shot in Cuba. It features Fabian, a young skateboarder struggling to improve his skills in a country without skate shops and access to skate gear. The second character Namibia, is one of Cuba’s only female boxers. Pro-boxing for women in Cuba is illegal and her dream is to stand on a podium before she’s too old for boxing. It’s going to be a great film and I’m looking forward to sharing it!