Video Dinosaur

As the days get longer and the end of June approaches, I realize that I’m more-than-a-little-behind in the film-a-week project. Spent the last week doing JumpCuts for the Victoria Film Festival, and other projects have come up, burying my pet project. For now. I’m still working on it, and a whole bunch of other things: a new video for Hank and Lily that we’ll finish shooting next week and we’re in the planning stages of a new MeatDraw video as well. Getting prepared to shoot an NFB sponsored experimental short film on D’Arcy Island, and a video installation at Open Space in July. And then there’s the feature. We’ll talk about the feature later.

For now, here is the next installment of the film-a-week project.

70's RCA Video CameraLast year, I found a dinosaur on my doorstep. It turns out that a friend of mine found it and left it for me. I doesn’t use tapes, it just has a composite video out. I tested it, with no luck, so I left it in my closet. Recently, I fished it out to disassemble it for parts to use for the Hank and Lily video set, but before I could bring myself to take it apart, I decided to test it one more time. It works.
I’m shocked.
I’m fascinated by the way it reacts with light. different than film, different than DV. Interesting. So here’s a little test I did with it, intentionally out of focus, and blown out, with the video signal piped into my miniDV camera to record it.

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Memory Lapse

The newer pieces are still in the works. I was away in Vancouver and Whistler this week, collecting new footage, but had to bring the film back home for developing.
So, I’m putting up an older piece, called Memory Lapse. It won the “Best Short Fiction” award at the Lausanne Underground Film Fest, and screened at a bunch of different festivals. It also inspired an older video podcast that I did called “Other Peoples Memories,” that was clips of old 8mm home movies that I collect, strangers’ home movies. Michael Lee Macdonald did the animation, and Mike Wolske did the music. You can also find it on the MediaNet Video Podcast.

And, this week, we’re being featured on Miro, you can check it out here. It’s an Internet TV aggregator. There are more than 4000 different channels. Pretty cool stuff. And we’re listed at Canadapodcasts.ca now too.

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Rorschach

This is a little experiment I did, making inkblots with clear acrylic and india ink. I pressed as many copies as I could, then took photographs of them, and lined them up, overlayed and composited them. I threw a little motion blur on them too, to smooth out everything. Some interesting textures.
Part 13 of the 2008 film-a-week project. Film by Scott Amos, music by Mike Wolske (altered by Scott Amos)

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Victoria Film Fest 2008

My film-a-week fell by the wayside this week, as the Victoria Film Festival is in full swing…but I have still been making films this week, they’re just different than what I’m used to doing.
It’s a Vlog that I’ve been doing for the Festival, just wandering around and getting into trouble. It’s been a great excuse to meet people and take part in the Island’s largest film festival.

You can find it here: http://vifvfest.blogspot.com

sometimes
On another note, both Grass and Sometimes are playing at a couple more festivals. Grass was accepted to the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmaker’s $100 film Fest in March, and Both Grass and Sometimes were accepted to the Dawson City International Short Film Festival in March. I’m hoping to do some travelling…looks like I’ll need to hunt down some winter clothes….

Tomorrow

Week 3 of the Film-a-Week Project.

This is a short film excercise called “Tomorrow.” It’s 24 seconds long, and was filmed on a low-end Sony miniDV camera, using the slow-shutter in a dark room. It started as an experiment with the trails of a cigarette heater captured using slow shutter, and I tried my best to spell out letters, but it just wouldn’t turn out how I wanted. The flashes and abstract lines were just distracting, so I re-filmed it with writing on the cigarette and kept it simple…There’s nothing thing new to say about smoking, but I tried…Mike Wolske and Darryl Tamney made the original music, and I tweaked it a little.

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Got back from the Vancouver Island short Film Festival yesterday, great screening and met a couple Island filmmakers, include Paul Whittington, who makes incredible animations which you can find here: www.carrotkid.com – check out “L19 Disposed.”
Getting ready to go to the Victoria Symphony this weekend for their “Reel Music” Screening, where Lily will be playing. I’m excited to see what the composers came up with, and thrilled that the Victoria Symphony will be paying 4 live scores to my film. Wow, what an honour.

Feed Shark

Sell-out

I’m feeling the pain of being a sell-out. I licensed the short film Winky to AtomFilms earlier ths year, and flew by the site to check it out last week. Before the film, they always play a commercial, to help pay the filmmakers. Last week, in the regular rotation of the commercials, there was a US Army recruitment advertisement. yikes.
I feel ill.

some news

16mm Well, It has been a while since I’ve blogged anything on here, I’d like to think it’s because I’m busier doing things than talking about doing things, but I’m not sure if that’s the truth.

A lot of things are in the works, and I just don’t want to jinx anything by letting it out onto the immerweb. But I can say a few things: Winky is continuing it’s life and is being screened outside Los Angeles at The Visual Underground, also it’s hitting a satellite station called Local Point TV in Washington DC in the near future. Sometimes and Vicsnowia are screening as part of MediaNet’s “edges” festival on the 5th and 8th of April in Victoria at Metro Studios. Hank and Lily’s Video will be done soon (finally) and there are some other music videos in the works for other musicians…but until it’s solidified, I will say no more….

Winky

Yesterday, our Short film “Winky” was picked up by Atom Films

winky goldfish in a whiskey bottleA hitchhiker gets a literal and metaphysical lift from a man and his whiskey-loving goldfish.

You never know where you’ll end up on a hitchhiking adventure. That’s what our hero finds out when a stranger picks him up and takes him for a life-changing ride. Art rock aficionados will dig Michael Wolske’s Repo Man-ish soundtrack.

You can watch it here. Just a heads-up, sometimes you’ll have to watch a commercial first. Please be patient, it’s how they pay the filmmakers.

Sometimes

sometimes film 8mm oilyfilmsSometimes I make ultra short films.

This is one from the vault.

It’s 25 seconds long. One sentence. A thought. A confession, I guess. A tad cliche. I’m not sure how I feel about it, but here it is.

Thanks to Hank Pine and Lily Fawn for the musicbox soundtrack.

(Edit: – sorry kids, I had to break the link while it plays at some festivals. S.)

Memory Lapse

I’ve just been informed by the Lausanne Underground Film and Music Festival in Switzerland,memory lapse scott amos that Memory Lapse has won their “Best Short Fiction” prize.

Memory Lapse is a short quasi-confessional film about my fascination with collecting other people’s 8mm home movies. I spent months peeping into the intimate moments of complete strangers, and edited them together into a narrative. MLM sketched up some line animation for it, and Mike Wolske made the music. Since it is still screening at a couple festivals, it won’t be available online anytime soon, but you can check out my podcast called “other people’s memories.” It’s snippits of the 8mm home movie footage I used (and some I didn’t) set to ambient soundtracks. Honestly, they creep some people out, but I find them fascinating.