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

Moroni’s tailor is a master of his art and, given his appearance, is obviously successful in his trade. I find myself wondering ‘Why is he not happy?’ and ‘Why is he cutting this black cloth?’ Is he in mourning? If so, who for? I formulated a story that aimed both to explore these questions in his past and, hopefully, to make the viewer feel the same way as I do when looking at this picture. I have attempted to retain the intensity of the painting by introducing only one additional character. I have also included themes of class and social commentary. I chose a muted colour palette with an ever-present pall of shadow and darkness. To bridge the gap of time between ourselves and this beautiful work I chose to move the time period forward to a point midway between then and now.

Cheryl Ford

A piece inspired by Giovanni Battista Moroni, The Tailor ('Il Tagliapanni'), 1565-70

Ali Jaberansari
The Tailor
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Cheryl Ford