Category Archives: Film

Scenes From Sasquatch 2011

The Sasquatch Music Festival: Four days of music, mischief, and very little bathing. The weather was decent  so I busted out my Nikon F camera and shot a few rolls of film over the course of the weekend. I figured since there were tons of press photogs with high-powered lenses already taking pictures of the bands, that I’d look around for other sights and scenes. Mostly I ended up taking pictures of people, which, in my honest opinion,  are always the best part of any music festival (see above). Below are a few of my favorites. Click to embiggen:

Well, that’s it for now. See you at Sasquatch 2012. You bring the tent, I’ll bring the camera.

“Power of 10” Contest Entry

 

Check out our entry into Core77’s “Powers of Ten” video contest. Our story examines how the meaning of words increases with the progression of a relationship while also imagining the backstory of the couple featured in the original Charles’ Eames’ original 1977 video (we incorporated some footage from this one as well.) Watch. Comment. Vote. Forward. Thanks!

On The Spot #1

I spent an afternoon at Gasworks Park asking random strangers a simple question and filming their on the spot answers. I hope to do more shorts like this in the future, but with different questions and different locations. If you have any ideas for cool places to film or interesting questions ask, let me know. Special thanks to everyone who stopped and talked with me that day. Projects like this are a great reminder of how kind and open strangers can be, and how much they are willing to share if you are willing to ask.

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Nikon F Photomic Test Shots

Solid As A Rock

My ever-increasing infatuation with film cameras has led me to acquire a brand spankin’ new Nikon F Photomic. Ok, so it’s not exactly new – mine was introduced sometime in the mid 60’s –  but it’s new to me, and I’m pretty enamored with it. The thing is built like a tank and weighs a ton, but it takes pretty great pictures considering it’s almost a half a century old. They sure don’t make ’em like they used to. Here are a few test shots I took with Kodak 200 film using a Vivitar 28mm wide-angle lens. I hope to have more portrait shots with my next roll. Check em out.

The Beauty of The Fight

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I found out yesterday that one of my instructors at Seattle Central recently finished working on a feature length film and is now in the promotion stage. My teacher, Rick Clark, worked as a script consultant for a project entitled Beauty of The Fight, a documentary on life in the barrios of Panama, and the beauty that can thrive beneath a desolate surface. The film is directed by John Urbano, a commercial photographer turned cinematographer, who was inspired by the culture and stories of the Panamanian people he met during his travels. I haven’t seen the film yet, but in the hopes that my teacher might randomly stumble upon this post, I’m gonna go ahead and say it’s awesome! Actually, I checked out the trailer and it like a pretty worthwhile viewing, especially from a cinematography standpoint. If you’d like more information, check out the official site at http://www.beautyofthefight.com.

Danse Serpentine

As some of you may or may not know, I recently enrolled in the Film and Video Communication program at Seattle Central Community College. Classes started a few days ago, and the material began with a History of Film course to help show us the foundation of modern day cinema. After discussing some of the roots of film, we then watched a video on the pioneering Lumiere brothers of France, who in the late 1800’s not only invented a camera that could record live action, but also develop the film and project it in one self-contained unit! (Impressive, especially when one considers that I can barely walk and chew gum without tripping). The brothers went around the world documenting different people in their environment 50 seconds at a time (that was the longest amount of recording time their film strips provided). While watching the clip, the segment entitled “Danse Serpentine” stood out to me the most for its simplicity and its beauty. Filmed in 1899, the video shows a dancer performing in a flowing dress, which seems to magically change colors as she twirls around on stage. The color effect was added on by hand, frame by frame, after the film was developed. The technique may be basic, but its effect is profound. After watching it a couple of times, I still find it hard to believe that something so visually engaging and unique could have been made over 100 years ago.

This one, performed by Loie Fuller and filmed by Thomas Edison, is pretty cool too.