csm students create 36 short films starring shia labeouf
Students got to direct a movie starring the actor for their graduation project.
A Sia video. A Ren Fair in Oklahoma. You never where Shia LaBeouf will turn up next. Unless you're a student in the Fine Art program at Central Saint Martins in London. Then you know that the renegade actor will be making an appearance at your graduation show today.
The actor has collaborated with the 36 students in the class of 2015 to create a series of half-minute films called #INTRODUCTIONS. Each short will introduce the work of one of the graduates-to-be during a live-streamed broadcast at today's showcase. Also part of the process are LaBeouf's longtime collaborators artists Nastja Säde Rönkköand and Luke Turner.
The creative conversation involved each student sending LaBeouf a piece of text for the actor to perform against a green screen — sporting his luscious new over-the-shoulder braid. (The directive: it could be "as poetic, abstract or literal" as they liked.) The students then added their own visuals to accompany LaBeouf's dramatic reading. The directions included: original compositions, yogic OMing, breathing in and out, and a request for SLB to read from his own favourite piece of fiction (find out what it is at 2:01).
Watch the full reel above. You are also free to realise your own dreams of directing a Shia LaBeouf movie, by downloading the file via Creative Commons and providing your own visuals.
Text Alice Newell-Hanson
Photography Marvin Lynchard