The National Gallery is collaborating with the London Film School on 'Transcriptions: LFS Shorts', an innovative new project which involves second term students producing short 3-4 minute films inspired by the Gallery’s collection as part of their course.

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From the Film Maker

‘Overload’ is an invitation to rise above bad habits, through a comic depiction of Rembrandt’s 'Belshazzar’s Feast'. The story, from the Old Testament Book of Daniel, has traditionally been invoked as a cautionary tale against the habit of excessively extravagant feasts. The painting captures an extremely dynamic moment of chaos and terror, representing the massive unforeseen turning point in the life of King Belshazzar. It attacks the lust for high life, and warns of its consequences. Rembrandt furthers the concept of perishability through precious metals, the pleasures of appetite and the longevity of empires and symbolises the liquidation of power through spilt wine. Overload explores the multiplicity and simultaneousness of events in 'Belshazzar’s Feast' and builds up to create a humorous reflection of the painting, taking into account Rembrandt’s chiaroscuro in manipulating light and shadow and his creation to motion, culminating in a ‘Mene, Mene, Tekel u-Pharsin’ moment amidst a cloud of smoke!

Mohammad Shrydeh

A piece inspired by Rembrandt, Belshazzar's Feast, about 1636-8

Mohammad Shrydeh
Tracy Sunderland
Giacomo Boeri