I’ve come to the conclusion that instant film is the ideal format for my photography – minimalist, strange, shot with “what you see is what you get” style lighting. These were shot with Fujifilm Instax Mini Monochrome Film – 10 Exposures on my Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic Instant Film Camera, and here’s a little tutorial from my YouTube on how to get the double exposure effect you see in Shasta’s image!
I was in LA earlier this month and had the opportunity to shoot with a model long on my wishlist, Mckenzie Eckels. One of my gimmicks during this trip was a diffusion filter roll bought 2 years ago but never used; I was inspired to chop holes in it by 1950s Vogue photographer Erwin Blumenfeld, and we took advantage of messing up Mckenie’s makeup towards the end on the diffusion.
Some video pieces grow out of a plan, and others form organically; “Bernardo” is definitely one of the latter. I had shot with artist Meredith Adelaide, and it went so well we scheduled another day the following week. I had used up my more fully fleshed out concepts on our first day, so we ended up visiting the Phoenix Art Museum and shooting around the Salt River based on 2 ultra-basic FX ideas I had written in my notes (“light painting in firefly room” and “hovering with trampoline”). There was a random encounter with a frog at the Salt River that seemed to shape the experience- Meredith randomly dubbed him “Bernardo”, and somehow he ended up being the focus of this particular video art piece. A random encounter between a woman and a frog leads to a cosmic experience for both. Filmed on the Fujifilm X-T2 Mirrorless Digital Camera> and effects in Adobe After Effects.
I’m proud to announce my first Udemy course – Making Motion Comics: Animating Illustrations in Adobe Photoshop and After Effects! This is a specialized form of animation using portions of original artwork to animate a story rather than individual drawings for each frame or cgi characters. By animating in this style, we are able to keep the aesthetic of individually drawn panels with complicated foregrounds and backgrounds; we are able to make our comics into films.
I used this technique in my short film, Innocence of Seduction. It allowed me to utilize hundreds of drawings from public domain comics into my own animation:
Hello out there! I wanted to share my newest animated short film “Innocence of Seduction” – collaged from utilizing hundreds of public domain comics and radio shows from the 1940s-60s. It absolutely was a labor of love and meant as a tribute to all the creators of such fun and imaginative sci-fi/ horror/ romantic/ western content of that era.
Assembled/ animated by David Miller/ Primordial Creative Studios 2016
Welcome to another of my video series featuring creative things you can do with instant film! In this video I show you a technique for mark making on both Fuji Instax Mini and Impossible Project film alongside a few examples I shot with models Mckenzie Eckels and Kaila Stone.
If you enjoy this instant film video I encourage you to check out the other ones on my channel!
I have a full class on instant film techniques over on my Skillshare channel.
My latest class on my Skillshare channel is Creative Strategies For Instant Film Photography, my current favorite way of photographic expression!
When the world is so plugged into screens and digital media, it’s a refreshing feeling to turn our creativity to analogue film photography methods. Polaroid, Fuji Instax, Impossible Project and other brands give instant results with their imaging, but there’s a lot of in-camera manipulation and creative strategies we can do to give trippy, innovative results.