Everything In-Between: The Story of Ellipse
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Following the success of 2005 s Grammy nominated album Speak For Yourself, British musical phenomenon Imogen Heap decamped to Maui, Hawaii in spring 2007 to start writing her third solo album. With only a video camera for company, she began recording her adventures, thoughts and song ideas, and when she returned to the UK nine weeks later found that she had not only the start of an album, but the beginnings of a captivating film about its making. She invited friend and film maker Justine Pearsall to continue documenting everything that followed: from her return to live in the house where she grew up; building a state of the art studio in her childhood playroom; the evolution of the songs; the excitement of recording a myriad of bizarre sounds and noises, to the tears, frustration and late nights trying to piece them together into the magical songs she hears in her head, and from the isolation of her studio to the frantic activity of video shoots and rehearsing for the accompanying tour, every inch of Ellipse is here.
Including interviews with the people who know her best and a disarmingly candid running commentary from Imogen herself, Everything In-Between is part making of, part intimate diary confessional. A rare, inspiring and intimate insight into the life and times of a breathtaking album and a truly unique and exceptional artist.
Top Customer Reviews
Anyone who is an Imogen Heap fan should own this movie. Anyone who is unfamiliar with her should also own this movie. It is SO worth it. I am still in awe from what I saw. I have been privileged enough to meet Imogen Heap twice and she is just as charming and gracious as she was in the film. Her process is unique and what I watched only made me love her more.
Please come back to the US to tour Imogen! Watching you play live are some of the best moments of my life. You impress me beyond words.
Love your biggest fan,
Cassandra Parker, 17
This album is so deep and the dvd helps to understand the effort put into the work. It truly is part of you that you have shared. You breathe into every song, every note, every sound. What an amazing artist! Any viewer will grasp the agony you must have gone through to create this masterpiece. After now seeing the "making of," I will appreciate every note that much more... and I still have trouble identifying which of the songs is my favorite. This is because each is part of a story, that is Immi's story; of her life, her music, her career at this specific time. She has so much to offer and she is so young. Now we all cannot wait 'til the next chapter.
p.s. love the car, immi! ...one question, does "ellipse" come from the shape of your home?
Come on folks open your ears to orginality and creativity, stop listening to these damn rappers who can't write or sing their own melody's.. they have to sample.. in my day that was plagerism.
So here she is, either appreciate or be stuck in the mire which is popular music these days.
Robert F. Hamilton.
New Jersey... U.S.A.
I have never seen what an artist goes through portrayed in anything other than a fictional re-creation. This is the real thing! All the triumphs (and there are many) and the pain as well (inevitable, but that doesn't stop her) are there... and her wonderful family members, friends, and collaborators as well. Truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see a genius at work... sometimes alone and sometimes surrounded by those who help her keep going!
I highly recommend this to all of Imogen's fans, as well as to people who want to observe the creative process of a brilliant artist for real.
My only wish is that there will be a "special edition" some day that shows us even more from the nearly 400 hours of footage that was recorded. The film is perfect in length right now, but I can't help wondering what additional and inspiring scenes were captured during the three years Imogen spent working on "Ellipse"!
You also get to see the progression of her former childhood home transformed into a really fine recording studio, testing her patience as of course these builds take a lot of time if the place is going to be properly crafted.
The audio recording geek in me wanted more time looking over her shoulder at her Pro Tools sessions to get more detailed information on her process, rather than just seeing a few zoomed in edits of various takes. But on a balance this version is what most fans would want to see.
It was over too soon. I was left wanting more time hanging out with her and her creative process.
The audio on some of the video clips from the road is hard to hear, but is like what you'd get if your friend Imogen sent you a video diary of her journey.
Having seen her live online and once here in Seattle I highly recommend taking in her show if you get the chance. She maintains the fine balance between artist and audio gear geek. I look forward to what she creates next and hope she finds a healthy balance between driven artist and kind-to-herself human being.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I can not say enough good about this. They should charge more money for this item.Published 1 month ago by bb
One of my favorite albums of all time. Rich in texture. Artistic and interesting sonic scrapes. Love Imogene.Published 17 months ago by Phil Grabmiller
Very well made behind-the-scenes documentary about one of the most talented artists producing these days..
I highly recommend this film!
I watched this movie in December 2010. I could not believe it! Imogen Heap really knows her stuff when it comes to music production! Read morePublished on June 26, 2013 by Tyler Zahnke
The first 20 minutes sucked, honestly, unless you're a fanatical follower of Imogen Heap. After that it gets into the fascinating business of watching this incredibly talented... Read morePublished on May 5, 2013 by Amashawn
Well, no one is going to buy this DVD unless they love Imogen Heap, and everyone who loves her will love this documentary-of-sorts. Read morePublished on October 5, 2012 by Angie McCullagh
An enjoyable behind the scenes look at Imogen's day to day life while in the process of moving into the old family homestead and building a studio there to make "Ellipse". Read morePublished on August 12, 2012 by Jon M Young