this is Ella
This powerful campaign video is an urgent and emotive wake-up call to the world about the deadly cost of air pollution. Launched on World Environment Day 2019, the video tells the tragic story of 9-year-old Ella Kissi-Debrah, whose death has become a legal and symbolic focus in the fight for clean air.
I was asked to compose a piece of music which elevated to the human emotion of the piece. I felt the music should be clean and minimal choosing to work with the simplicity of piano, violin and viola. This was then supported with subtle layers of discordant strings and textures, adding a sense of unease.
This was then supported with a layer of sound design, following the animation. This features the sounds of a child inhaling and exhaling, traffic, a bleeping heart monitor, then silence and really helps convey the tragedy and human loss in the data and statistics.