Glimpse

Round number next in the film-a-week project.

This is some 16mm film that I found in my basement, that I had shot, but never processed. Now that I can look at it, although I shot it for no particular reason, it seems to have some meaning to it. It’s a little cliche, so I couldn’t bring myself to say it outright, but it’s there in the footage. It has to do with perception…or something like that. Perhaps the creepiest thing I’ve ever made. You were warned. Film by Scott Amos, Music by Mike Wolske.

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And over the next week, I’ve decided to repost all the past episodes in Quicktime format for a video podcast. I just can’t handle how bad YouTube mangles everything.

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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The Burning Hell

While in Dawson City, I managed to catch The Burning Hell at Diamond-Tooth Gerties, and they were nice enough to let me film them. Fun band. The song is called “The Second Cigarette” and is on their album “Happy Birthday.” I believe you can purchase it through weewerk records. The background was filmed on Sombrio Beach (it’s a campfire.) It was shot on black and white film, so I tinted it and composited it with the band footage.

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Turbulence

I filmed this one on trip back from Dawson City. It was an Air North flight from Whitehorse to Vancouver. I filmed it on colour film and must’ve botched the processing…it’s all washy-looking. I was daydreaming on the plane.

There’s more footage from Dawson that I haven’t figured out what to do with. I’m sure it’ll sneak its way into a future short. I traveled up there for the Dawson City International Short Film Festival, as a visiting filmmaker and to speak on a panel about distribution. Stayed at Bombay Peggy’s. Awesome. Met a tonne of fantastic people. Braved the cold for an outdoor screening. Mastered the 10-minute-pint-between-screenings. I’m hoping to get back up there next year.

Before my trip, I was told that Dawson was one of those magical places; after being there, I’ll have to agree.

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Quicktime:

windowpane

This is the part where I make a bunch of excuses why I haven’t posted my weekly video for more than a month. Excuse #1 – made a couple films for MediaNet’s One-Minute Challenge, which screened on 16mm film, Youtube won’t let me upload 16mm, so I’ve had to wait until now to transfer it to digital. Excuse #2 – I was in Calgary for the $100 Film Festival, where “Grass” was playing (and won the “Best Super 8 Award). Excuse #3 – I was in Dawson City for the International Short Film Festival, where both “Sometimes” and “Grass” were playing. Excuse #4 – I had the flu. Hallucinating. Awesome.

All excuses aside, I’ve got the films done now, and will be putting them up over the next few days, in no particular order. First up is “windowpane.” I shot it in Calgary, while I was there for the $100 Film Festival. Good times. The Calgarians are a lot of fun, and took great care of me, (thanks Mels!)
While wandering around with the Bolex and Luke Black (one of the bunch of really cool folks I met at the CSIF,) we found a window, leaned against a fence in an alley, covered in mildew and frost. With a macro lens, I explored it. Shot on 16mm film and hand-processed by Scott Amos, Music by Mike Wolske.
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Quicktime:

Colourhunter

Alright, we’re keeping up on the film-a-week. This one is called “colourhunter.” It’s the first roll of expired Kodak colour film that I’ve shot and hand-processed. I just wandered around yesterday with a macro-lens taped onto my camera, collecting colours. After all the warnings I received about processing colour film, I didn’t really expect to get any images by the end of it.
Now I know why everyone I talked to about hand-processing colour filmed winced before saying “good luck.”

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It didn’t go so well, the colours are all over the place…it looks “interesting,” I guess…too put it nicely…It’s an experiment…at least some pictures showed up…but the funny part about the experiment is that, after being told that colour processing is ultra temperature sensitive, the best results I had were after I stopped checking the temperature…
Because of the orange film base, I had to do the inversion and a little colour correction in Final Cut.
The music was made by Rozalind MacPhail, and was her first experiment with bansuri, recorded live at Cafe Nostalgica in Ottawa.

Quicktime version:

My Own Backyard

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I got a new Bolex this week, and this is the first thing I’ve shot on it, a test in the backyard. It works. Good to know. I inspected the camera before I bought it, and it seemed alright, but you never know until you’ve run a roll of film through it.
This was shot on Kodak 7265 16mm colour negative film, but I developed it with black and white chemistry. It turns out that the film is tinted orange…interesting…I was playing around with a close-up lens taped to the end of a 70’s video-camera lens.

I’m still trying to hunt down colour processing chemistry in town, it’s more difficult to find than I expected, but I’m sure I’ll run into something.

The music is courtesy of Mike Wolske.

Moon Over Sombrio

You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube videoHere it is – moon over sombrio – exercise #4 of 2008. It was shot on 16mm Black and White film on Sombrio Beach. I spent this afternoon in the basement, toning it with yellow, brown and blue, and am quite pleased with the results. It’s a little slow, but I find it mesmerizing. There were no digital tricks – this is what the actual film looks like (well, I inverted it with the computer, because I shot it on neg film, and slowed it down a bit) – but all of the detail and texture and colour is on the film itself. I’m thinking about sending it to the lab to get an actual print made….we’ll see… Thanks to Mike Wolske for the music.

lily fawn, victoria symphonyIt has been an exciting weekend. I spent Saturday at the Victoria Symphony for their Reel Music performance…It was incredible; I’m still glowing from the experience. Four incredible scores by Peter Mundinger, Marc Baril, Dino Giancola and Gilles Bellemare, set to the short film “Lily”. I’m honoured to have such talented people composing for my work. And the orchestra was stellar. Top notch. Here’s a pic I snuck at the show – I hope that it doesn’t upset anyone – I really wanted some video, but that wasn’t going to happen.

Tobin Stokes, the composer in residence at the symphony was a great host and all-around super guy, and I finally got to meet Ann Marie Flemming, a fellow British Columbian Filmmaker, whose short film “Running” was also screening with 4 different composed scores. Fun stuff.
And now it’s time to get ready for the Victoria Film Festival that’s starting this on February 1st. Woohoo!

And here’s a better quality downloadable quicktime version of Moon over Sombrio:

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

Victoria Film Festival 2008 – Window Loop

Week 2 of the Film-a-Week project:

This is a loop I made this week for the Victoria Film Festival’s Pre-Fest Bash. It is made from an old 16mm educational film, altered with chemicals and hand-painted frame-by-frame. Paul Wilson designed the logo, and I put some of Mike Wolske’s music on the web version. Did a little digital colour adjustment to keep with the festival’s pink colour scheme too.
Hopefully the YouTube video compression won’t mangle it too badly, but you’ll get the idea. Inspired by Brakhage (of course.)

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Heading out to Nanaimo next weekend for the Vancouver Island Short Film Festival, where both Grass and Sometimes are playing along with 19 other island-made films. Should be fun.