A Circle Line Train | Short Film of the Day

Short Film of the Day April 27, 2021

A Circle Line Train

By Martin Venier with 7.3

drama · Short Films · english

One of the most beautiful flights of fancies are born during the most mundane tasks, like taking the subway for your daily commute. However, translating these images on screen and ensuring that strength of their dreamy visions is not lost is no easy task. A Circle Line Train triumphs over the same obstacle most efficiently, leaving you with stunning visual storytelling. When coupled with a complementary voiceover, the world that is conjured for you truly makes one wonder - is this the real life, is this just fantasy?

Inspired by the iconic Queen song, the film takes us into parallel realms that the protagonist, Zarah, inhabits - what is and what could have been. The powerful contrast brings to life a world of vast expanses of nature, the indomitable spirit of the same finding an echo in the existence that the protagonist herself leads, moving from one adventure to another, to places unseen, to dreams that were once unrealized and lovers that were once forgotten and unknown.

Whether the duration of this journey is years, months or simply the few minutes of a train ride, it remains redundant, even if momentarily so. At the same time, if it is a world of limitless skies and oceans, it is also one of personal demons, addictions and a haunting past. It is amidst all of this that Zarah is located, and yet, the circle line train never meanders from its route, Zarah never forgets to open her eyes from the dream she was having, to carry on with her fixed path and way of life in the city of London.
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While producing a lot of content (before ‘A Circle Line Train’), I personally felt kind of trapped in a never-ending ride. On a warm, summer night I heard the song ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, and immediately felt very inspired. That was the motive for making a movie interpreting this song in my own way.

From the first concept to the final cut, a lot of modifications were made. The film was planned like a short film, but I was quite used to doing "travel clips" with fast cuts and a specific kind of flow. So, I also tried to make this film in a similar format instead of a narrative short film. I really enjoyed every second of the whole process, and am very thankful to everyone involved.
Martin VenierDirector, A Circle Line Train