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Beach House Score ‘Fantasy’ Short Film Starring Elijah Wood and Unicorns

Filmmaker Todd Cole teams with the Creators Project for 'This Must Be the Only Fantasy'

Beach House have followed their recent run of cinematic videos (“Wild,” Forever Still, “Wishes”) by crafting an original score for This Must Be the Only Fantasy, a new short film by Todd Cole. The 13-minute clip, done in collaboration with fashion house Rodarte and produced by The Creators Project, stars Elijah Wood and 18-year-old newcomer Sidney Williams. Inspired by old-school fantasy role-playing games, the piece follows Williams’ character as she rides a unicorn, fights off demons and creeps on the sidewalk, and tries to rescue the Frodo Baggins actor.

As the producers put it, the film blends “magical realism, 1980s video games, and haute couture” with visual effects by VFX studio a52. Beach House’s musical contribution follows in the same foggy haze as last year’s stellar Bloom LP: Crystaline tones glimmer throughout the grainy soundtrack, which features brittle vocals from Victoria Legrand at around the 10:50 mark. Watch it above. 

This is the third such team-up between Cole and Rodarte, following previous short films scored by No Age and Deerhunter.