By: Betty Wood
The Spaces presents: ‘Spatial Serenity’ – a short film by Jedidah M.
Immerse yourself in peace and quiet
We don’t need to tell you that life is tough right now. Rising infection rates, economic uncertainty, plus changes to our daily routines mean that mental anxiety is spiking, and it can be hard to shut off from endlessly negative headlines.
This frenetic period is the inspiration behind our new film collaboration with London-based film director and videographer Jedidah M, Spatial Serenity.
Conceived as a ‘mental reset,’ the short film celebrates stillness and presentness, through its dreamy colours and hypnotic soundtrack. ‘I want viewers to stop for a moment and experience a calmness through this film that they might not feel in their own lives right now,’ says Jedidah.
The London creative captures communities through her photography and films. Inspired by colour and light, her practice uses these factors to spotlight the individuality of her subjects but in Spatial Serenity, she’s inverted this trope, casting her protagonist as a stand-in for the viewer – an everywoman grounded in the moment.
Spatial Serenity was shot on location at Randolph Avenue X in London’s Maida Vale. It is a midcentury modern style holiday home, available exclusively via onefinestay. That leant itself to Jedidah’s vision thanks to its lush garden and generous bathroom – pivotal locations to the film.
(See more on the space in the gallery below.)
The colour green features extensively throughout the sets, picked for its associations with peace, healing and serenity.
‘The bathroom featured a really deep tub and had enough space around it to place all of the plants I had for the set; it was exactly what I had envisaged for the bathroom scene i.e. to create the illusion of an indoor Eden, complete with milk water and vibrant, floating flower petals.’
This tranquillity is mirrored outside in the landscaped garden, which has mature shrubs and decking. ‘The foliage helped with the noise blocking, so you felt like you were marooned in a little green oasis, despite being in the noisy heart of the city,’ adds Jedidah.
Interiors and outdoors also overlap through the intricate and intriguing soundscape of dripping water and birdcall, which acts as an audio grounder, fixing the film in reality. Meanwhile, visual cutaways – colours that evoke the warming sensation of dappled sunlight across closed eyes – add a soothing, dreamy touch.
‘I’m interested in representing feelings and emotions in my work, but also in how I can evoke those feelings in the viewer.’ She adds: ‘It’s not just about presenting something beautiful.’