Corie Shannon is a model who I ended up working with based on a fun, talkative video posted on YouTube where she outlined some of her core beliefs. We had the opportunity to shoot around Phoenix a bit and I finally got to use my Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera, though it was on a completely unfamiliar steadicam so my work was less than steady. The title of this, “Radical Feelism,” is based on a tattoo you can barely make out on the inside of Corie’s arm, and she goes into much greater detail in the actual video.
REmixALina is a new kind of video for me – a fashion art piece in collaboration with actress and model Alina Lee. The music is a thing I created way back in 2014, and I’m thrilled that somehow it all gelled together. Remix and collage culture is the largest artistic influence on me- greater than pop art and surrealism. The title, “REmixALina” was the result of leaving the caps lock on and then paying tribute to a hidden intention.
Fashion videos are of a huge interest to me currently! Any fashion videos anyone wants to recommend to me?
The Surrealists of the early 20th Century have always been huge influences on my work- I think when I first learned about Man Ray in my photography class, I thought “…friend!” in that pseudo-horror movie way. As I graduated into making video work I wanted to express myself in a similar way as my photography, and learned a handful of techniques that are not too dissimilar from what those Surrealist innovators were doing when they dipped their hands on filmmaking.
“Get Surreal In Adobe Premiere” is a Skillshare class I created that shows how to emulate the Surrealists using Premiere’s tools. The trailer is above, and the full class is over here! I’m proud to be part of Skillshare’s phalanx of amazing teachers creating small, project-oriented online classes.
My first set of videos in 2014 were to existing music tracks I made in 2013. The early 2015 videos were set to soundtracks more ambient in nature that I made concurrently to the videos, and assembled as the album Waveforms in Exile. Having released that album, I have a different approach to the sound of my newer videos which is more music concrete.
The sound design of “Interference” with Cacia Zoo began started with a sample of her saying her name, and remembering the hilarious Chris Lilley rap “Animal Zoo”; it was super chaotic mashing those up, but it felt like there should be a clash between soft, meditative sounds and the constant barrage of noise and interruption I think most of us have to deal with when we try to be clear. The “bells” of the ambient parts were recorded last Sunday when I took my kids to the Mesa Idea Museum and found out they no longer have free Sundays, so we stood around and played the xylophones outside- sounds that ended up in this video about an hour later.
Glass Olive’s sounds for “Lady of the Lake” were 100% generated by her, and manipulated by me using a program called Paul Stretch. I wanted something as ethereal and organic as possible to match the stripped down, ghostly scenarios in the video. Glass Olive made up these sounds spontaneously while in the hallway of a Brooklyn photo studio, and recorded them onto my iPad while I was busy.
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I enjoyed working with model Cacia Zoo so much that I remixed some of the video we shot in May, and animated some stills, into this new abstract video piece “Interference”. The basic concept relates to how distracted we are by digital distractions, dogs, hormones etc. to the point where nothing seems clear. Maybe why I average only 2 hours of good productivity each day.
“Lady of the Lake” is video art created with model/ actress Glass Olive, who also displays some amazing singing ability as the sole sound of this piece. It was filmed in 2 halves, in Brooklyn in May of 2015 (with the aid of ace hairstylist Andy Tseng) and in July 2015 at the Great Salt Lake, a combination of Fuji X-T1 footage and GoPro Hero Black 4.