Monday, July 6, 2015
This video is improvised sketches roughly cut in QuickTime and pasted together for story development. It will change over time like one revises drafts of a script. The final version will be rehearsed and will be a lot tighter. One must kill a lot of darlings on the way to final draft.
PASSAGES is a performance art movie in progress.
In PASSAGES, the heart of the conflict is the god Sum'o's desire to experience giving birth like a human. The gods in this story - Sum'o and his sisters, Sum'i and Sum'a - are a lot like spoiled children who grow up believing that they can do anything they want. Sum'o's appearance and gender was by his own choice, but now he wants to have a human experience. His youngest sister Sum'a hates humans as defilers of the world and wants to destroy them. His older sister Sum'i is interested only in maintaining balance through observance of the laws, traditions and principles handed down by their ancestors.
Thursday, July 2, 2015
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Sunday, June 28, 2015
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Friday, June 19, 2015
Thursday, June 18, 2015
A living room is a perfect place to make art - even big art
Recently, I was an actor in a minor role in someone else's movie. There were so many people involved, so much crew. I have done everything by myself for most of my movies. But during production of any project that winds up 20 minutes or more, it still feels like there are too many people in this apartment. I keep expecting some continuity girl to remind remind remind me.
I know that not every major project a person starts gets finished and that finishing my last few long projects has earned me some respect that just wasn't there for me as video artist or filmmaker before. But I have a consistent track record of finishing a lot of major projects long before I even knew how to turn on a video camera. I have finished a novel, gotten 15 plays from page to runs on stage (four in "legitimate" theatre) and I produced a very large body of sculpture for professional showing. I have been a grant recipient and I have had artist residencies in several venues.
It is one thing to be a self-taught sculptor - maybe even "noble" if you go by the reverence people seem to have for self-taught sculptors.
It is quite another thing to be a self-taught video artist/filmmaker. That quite another thing is not merely about the technical competency curve or mastering continuity - a year ago when I was one-third of the way through pre-production I still thought it was. Yes, I have hit some technical milestones and I finally really get it that continuity is your BFF. But the "quite another thing" is the difference between having a budget and not having a budget - not merely that, but conceiving without having budget as part of the concept.
While I was on the set of someone else's movie last month, I decided that while, if I had to, I could abide up to 20 or so people as cast for one of my projects, I really could not tolerate having so many people behind the camera tripping all over each other (or so it seemed to me). Having spent 20 years in small theater, creating a story that has more than 5 or 6 characters would not even occur to me. And having spent 20 years in small theater, I know how to streamline crew tasks since crew are often the only folks in small theater who get paid.
It is more liberating every day that I spend in my home study - sometimes until 2 p.m. still wearing my pajamas while sewing or fabricating - so liberating not to be burdened with budget.