Holder’s Comma – Starring Emily Hampshire

Starring Emily Hampshire, Holder’s Comma explores the fragility of a young woman questioning her identity and purpose in a slightly surrealist, romantic and poetic universe where what seems to be in harmony never really is, and ultimately falls apart.

The history of Western music revolves around the fundamental question of tuning. Through the ages theorists and composers worked to create an ordered system whereby all sounds, all pitches would be in reference to an established scale, which resulted in our octave of twelve notes, so perfectly represented by the piano’s symmetrically ordered keyboard. The problem in such a system is that there is no way to perfectly divide the pitches in an octave by twelve, there is always a slip, a compromise, a fraction of a note that gets swept under the carpet. In music theory these fractions are called commas: a minute interval, the difference resulting from tuning one note two different ways. Various theorists from Pythagoras to Mercator have proposed their own variants of the comma. In 1692 William Holder Published A Treatise on the Natural Grounds and Principles of Harmony, and in it he proposed a new comma that solved the tuning problem better than any previous ones, but there was a catch: Holder’s Comma was an irrational number, a number that existed in theory, but no physical instrument could ever be tuned to its intervals exactly. There would always remain this crack in the foundation of the perfect order of harmony.

Directed by Thibaut Duverneix
Written by Thibaut Duverneix, David Drury and Mathieu Léger
Dialogues and Lyrics by David Drury

Executive Producers Thibaut Duverneix and Sach Baylin-Stern
Producer Sach Baylin-Stern
Unit Production Manager Alex Auray

Director of Photography Christophe Collette

Production Designer Louisa Schabas and Mathieu Léger
Art Director Louisa Schabas
Engineering and Construction DIX au Carré Inc.
Set Decorator Laurent Peyre

Sound Recordist Maxime Dumesnil
Boom Operator Juan Fernandez
Costume Designer Jennifer Bergeron
Make-Up and Hair Leslie Ann Thomson

Editor Thibaut Duverneix

Original Score David Drury
Sound Mix Andres Norambuena at Boogie Studio
Recording Engineer Andres Vial at Chromatic Audio
Vocals Molly Sweeney
French Horn Pietro Amato
French Horn Erla Axels
Pump Organs David Drury

Post-Production Boogie Studio
Colour Grading Gary Chuntz
Visual Effects Maxim Roch
Visual Effects Cadie Desbiens-Desmeules
Visual Effects Alexis Leduc
Colour and Online Assistant Cristel Bergeron

Woman Emily Hampshire
Man Arthur Holden
Horn Player Nicolas S. Roy
Drummer Andrew Tay

1st Camera Assistant Yan Clément
2nd Camera Assistant Olivier Dubois

1st Assistant Director Cédrick Kluyskens

Key Gaffer Francois Legris
Key Grip Jackson
Electrician Mathieu Letarte
Grip Conrad Roy Mais

Production Assistant Tommy Thibault
Production Assistant Jonathan Brisebois
Production Assistant Maxence Levergos

Distributed by 314 Collectif

Lighting and Grip Rental Ciné-Pool Inc.
Camera Rental Département Caméra
Unit Rental Multiservices Luna
Vehicle Rental Via Route
Walkie Rental Production Radios

Insurance Provider BF Lorenzetti

Location Rentals
Hotel Intercontinental Nathalie Thomas
Cabaret Lion D’Or Sara Castonguay
City Of Montreal Josée Rochefort

Special thanks to Sophie Bisson, Allison Blakley
Made with the Generous Support of ACTRA

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