Client: Stop Making Sense

Brief: On the beautiful Croatian coastline, halfway between Zadar & Split, lies Tisno and The Garden: a magical secluded bay with its own private beach, a taste of paradise for intrepid party-goers! 4 days and nights of dancing in the sun, by the sea and under the stars, Stop Making Sense was a music event without pretension, full of warmth and a strong sense of community, all about the sunshine, the people, the music and the escape. Our brief was simply to capture and document the fun and frivolity of the music festival across its five year run from 2011-2015.

Response: Using a small team of photographers and videographers Anomalous Visuals were the official documentary team covering the festival. Keeping kit to a minimum in order to fully immerse ourselves within the festival vibe we used DSLR cameras, portable sliders and light rigs to capture the festivities. Focusing on crowd reactions, dancers, DJ’s and live acts across the varied areas of the Garden – the beach bar, the live arena/woods stage, the off site club Barberella’s and the daily boat parties – our close connection with the promoters allowed us to highlight and record the unique atmosphere of this bespoke event.

Alongside the documentary aspect Anomalous DJ also featured on the musical bill playing over four years. The Anomalous AV Live show took over the outdoor stage in year two curating an after dark cinema experience across the weekend titled CineA.M which featured a mixture of bespoke visuals and nightlife documentaries, including films from the ourhistory archives, ‘Club Culture’ (1988) and ‘Sub Berlin: The Story of Tresor’ (2008). In year four Anomalous collaborated with promoter Abattoir the Party to curate the beach stage on the Saturday featuring Anomalous DJ, Elena Columbi, Sam Don and guest DJ Hunee playing from day into night.

Results: The photography and videos were used by the festival across the five years as the main promotional imagery for the website, social media platforms and print campaigns, while also being featured across the dance music online press.