“Yuna” – Fetish Short Film Project – Part II

An idea is born
It was early 2020 and for some time now I’ve been driven by the vague feeling that I wanted to try something new as a model. More complex and meaningful than a photo and with more emotional depth, it should tell a story – a kind of short film. -That was it! 
I immediately thought of Mark Esper, a photographer and filmmaker friend of mine. I really appreciate his work as he is as professional and detail-oriented as I am. Fortunately, when I approached him, he was also immediately into the concept.
The fleshing out of the characters
The project was to include 3 short films in which the viewer would meet three fictional fetish personalities who couldn’t be more different from one another while still reflecting facets of Sinteque. In order to bring these characters to life, we set about developing a separate resumé for each character, by working out their individual traits first. Styling and make-up were then designed to emphasize each character’s style and personality. With this in mind, I contacted several outstanding latex designers and invited them on board and the project slowly took shape from there.
The pandemic brings the world to a standstill
Whilst we continued to work like crazy on the details of the script, accessories and a thousand other little things, the pandemic swiftly brought everything to a halt. The outfit from Tokyo was stuck in customs. Another from Vienna, which normally takes only 2-3 days to get to Berlin, was lost in transit for two whole weeks! And then when finally all the outfits did arrive, we couldn’t shoot because of the Coronavirus. 
It was truly exasperating. 
Thankfully, in the summer, due to a relaxation of Covid restrictions about meeting people, we finally had the chance to realise the project, albeit with a small team.

Short film 2: YUNA

Yuna is like a dystopian dream, a dark premonition. She is elusive, almost dismissive, and seems to dismiss any attempt at contact. Flashes of light burst through the scene, revealing details for a moment, only to withdraw again. However, you want to immerse yourself into this strange world, to penetrate its darkness, to surrender to its pull.
For the design of Yuna’s character, I was able to secure one of the most progressive and exciting latex designers working today – Shigenari Kido from Kurage Tokyo. Their black outfit combines different structures, some of which are placed on top of each other, all of which creates a distinct silhouette through its inflatable parts. With the nose and mouth completely covered by a mask, only the eyes are visible. The outfit’s bicycle inner tubes and rivets give the whole ensemble an apocalyptic aura. It’s as if Yuna could have come straight out of a dark anime film and yet, she is also a reminiscence of my gothic times. To this day, I prefer black clothes and have a certain penchant for equally dark films, melancholic literature and darkwave. I am a child of the night.

The apocalypse is coming in this fashion video with Berlin fetish model Sinteque shot at Feisty cat Studios, Berlin.

*** PLEASE BE AWARE – There is stroboscopic flashing in this video ***

Model: Sinteque

Filming: Mark Esper & Marie Overgaard

Editing, VFX, Sound: Mark Esper

Music: Fresh Man

Wardrobe: Kurage, Tokyo

Special Thanks to: Berserker & Feisty Cat Studios

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