Thursday, July 12, 2012

A Brief Description of the Velocity Project

The story is an examination of the movement and activities of a man and a woman in the late 19th century. Although they are not acquainted their paths cross over a photographic portrait. This film is essentially a follow up to the Super-8 film called After All which I shot last summer. I was inspired by the work of Rosalind Krauss and Jonathan Crary primarily. They both present a narrative of the late 19th century which acknowledges the importance of psychology, optics,  and phenomenology and the emerging cognitive sciences of the mid to late 1800's. This narrative exists in parallel to the more common story of the linear development of technology and modernity. The characters of Him and Her are constructed to represent two distinct and different experiences of the culture of this time. One is grounded in a Cartesian and measurable universe.  He is an artist who uses his skills and his eyes to render and capture the landscape around him. by contrast, her character is more comfortable with her inner mind and the subjectiveness of her experience. She is also connected to the realm of time, technology and speed.

The actors are playing out their roles more as emblems rather than specific individuals. They are graphically accurate rather than being historically "correct". The film is in 16 mm black and white and will add atmosphere and artifacts to the imagery. We are in the last week of shooting in this space. It has been great to have the Eclair NPR for the 400 foot loads and flexible lens system. We will be shooting exteriors in Ipswich, Salem and Lowell later this month.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The last week of shooting interiors. Looked at some rushes today The Nikon lens is much better than even the Zeiss zoom for the close-ups and details. Shot tonight with the ACL and the Angenieux zoom because it's fast. Tri-X has a pretty narrow exposure latitude so I'm using a Nikon D3000 as a test for the lighting ratios. I also realize I should have done this earlier too. I still have about four pages to shoot in here before the end of the week.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

building the set for the telegraph office

Tonight I worked on the set for the telegraph office where the Amy's character works. I am not finished with the wall treatment and these are lighting tests. The table will have more books. Poetry (which she is transmitting), and cable code books lent by John McVey which are also a kind of poetry. There will be black wires running across the table and up the wall. I will be adding a period chair as well. We will be shooting these scenes on Monday and Tuesday night.
Oddly, this window and some of the other elements of the set will eventually become part of Wendy's garden shed.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Interiors from "Velocity" project.

More images from the second week of shooting interiors. After looking at the footage from the first week I am making some changes to the way I am shooting on both sides of the set. I want the images from her side to be more low key and full of shadows and the images from his side to be more full of soft, indirect light. 
This week my actress, Amy Moore is off on a residency in North Carolina. I am using the time to build the set for the telegraph office and prepare the graphics and text elements for close-ups. I did however, shoot some good material near the Ipswich River with Grant two days ago. This was the first 200 ft. load through the recently acquired Eclair ACL 1.5. My first tests in this camera were very good and I am encouraged that I can begin using this much lighter and smaller camera for the exterior shots.
Next week I hope to finish the interior shots. I trust that Amy will return inspired to move and make the characters actions expressive of her impatience and restlessness. This will be played against the male characters slow-ness and deliberate-ness. I hope it's not just a simple comparison but that the images will demonstrate the complexity of each characters state of mind.