#TBT The Violinist (2013)

Around this time 5 years ago (I can't believe it either) I made my first short film, a little piece called 'The Violinist'. Armed with a little DSLR, a backpack, and a head full of dreams, my awesome cast/crew and I made our way down to Fremantle for a few days to bring my imagination out into the open. Props to Sophie Antulov, Angus Edwards, Katherine Langford, and Kyle Ogden for some stellar performances (and putting up with an annoying first-time director...) You can check the full film out here but here are a few of my favorite moments presented in GIF form. Enjoy!

 
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"CHINATOWN" WATERCOLOR + 35MM FILM COMPOSITE

 Painted with Sakura watercolors

Painted with Sakura watercolors

The challenge of creating a piece like this is the incredible amount of detail that you need to convey in order to capture the weight and density of the original image. The 'aura' of Chinatown is difficult to describe but can be surmised by chaotic lines and color. Here I painted a rough watercolor plate which i composited with the original image, using selective blending and masking to summon chaos when appropriate.

 f8, 1/250, Portra 400

f8, 1/250, Portra 400

Materials Used

Camera: Canon AE-1

Film Stock: Kodak Portra 400

Watercolors: Sakura

Compositor: Adobe Photoshop CC 18

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"TRAFFIC LIGHT" WATERCOLOR + 35MM FILM COMPOSITE

 Painted with Sakura watercolors

Painted with Sakura watercolors

My first attempt at blending the surreal transience of watercolor with the harsh indexical realities of 35mm film. Here my subject was a New York City traffic light, a staple of the urban jungle or post-modern cosmopolitanism. Blending was done on paper with a variety of techniques including water blotting and tissue paper. 

 f5.6, 1/250, Portra 400

f5.6, 1/250, Portra 400

Materials Used

Camera: Canon AE-1

Film Stock: Kodak Portra 400

Watercolors: Sakura

Compositor: Adobe Photoshop CC 18

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