Friday, May 7, 2010

AMBERGRIS FILM FACTORY




This post is to document some of the goings on during the week of April 18-24, where I was an artist in residence at Family bookstore's space in Tribeca, called Thirty Days NY.

Prior to the shoot I worked on scripts for a week or so and came up with six short films (and one monologue which was discarded), and a plan to shoot one film per day.

The films are:
STARBUCKS WIZARD
MOON MUSK
JILL'S ART GALLERY
THE DAY THE INTERNET DIED
MYSTERY COLOSTOMY
ROMAN DOG

I was inspired by:

-Silent films such as the one-reelers busted out in hours from Mack Sennett's studio
-George and Mike Kuchar movies like "Sins of the Fleshapoids", shot in corners of apartments
-Carlos Gonzales' immediate and improvised videos
-Michel Gondry's film workshops at Deitch Projects
-Kaboom! Press' 2 films, "The Baxters" and "Death Beach", both made in a month each


The limitations of the project were the duration of the shoot and the fact that it had to be made all indoors in the space provided This was a limitation I imposed upon the project to make it adhere to the silent-film style.

Although this residency had my name on it, it should definitely be considered a collaboration with Rebecca Bird, who essentially art directed the project. She designed and painted many of the backdrops, and made the incredible costumes for the film: The Flying Fox, the Moon Rogue's meat suit, Merlin's costume, and many others. As well as acting in two or three of the movies, she put an enormous amount of work into these movies.

The amazing Massachusets band Fat Worm of Error kindly stopped by and lent their time to the project, generating material for the soundtrack, a theme song, and interstitial Greek Chorus style performances.

Screening details coming soon, and while the film is being edited please enjoy these production photos.




1 comment:

D. Weir said...

Looks like so much fun! I hope to see these (or that) some time. Fat Worm Of Error in the mix, wicked!