Happy Anniversary to the Resurrected Camera. Inspired by the Intro to Photography class at my university, I decided to start a photo blog, dedicated to shooting film on the cheap. It all started on January 1, 2014 with a fake trailer I made using two 35mm cameras and three rolls of film.
Using still images is something that I’ve continued all the way to Overwhelming Majority very recently. As far as this blog goes, I still don’t quite know what direction to take it in this year, but I do have a few things I’m looking forward to announcing when the time is right.
For the hell of it, I’m releasing another film I made using still cameras, way back in early 2015, just as an assignment for Film Scoring class. Again, stylistically inspired by Chris Marker’s La Jetee. It’ll only be available for a limited, unspecified time:
I budgeted 5 rolls of Tri-X, utilizing the Pentax ESII and Spotmatic SPII, and was my first time editing using Final Cut Pro. Aside from all that, if anyone remembers this post at all, it’s a shot which I couldn’t find a use for in the film. Until next time, keep finding those deals in the film photography world!
Overwhelming Majority is an experimental documentary dealing with issues of alienation, isolation, and social anxiety. I remember my teacher Jane sending me this article when I was making the film and being very intrigued by that aspect, something I’d never considered. OM has been screening at film festivals for the last year and a half, but in light of recent events like Las Vegas, perhaps it’s time to be seen by the rest of the world.
WINNER: Best Experimental film – 2016 Blissfest333
WINNER: Best Experimental film – 2016 UCCS Short Film Festival
NOMINATION: Best Experimental film – 2017 Wales International Film Festival
NOMINATION: Best Documentary Short – 2016 Blissfest333
2017 London International Documentary Festival
2017 Carmarthen Bay Film Festival
2017 Colorado Short Circuit
2017 Wales International Documentary Festival
2017 Durango Independent Film Festival
2016 Southern Colorado Film Festival
April 22, 2017. After Wales, Overwhelming Majority got one more chance to screen in the Springs, at a brand new iteration of the Indie Spirit Film Festival. Colorado Short Circuit showcases the work of Colorado filmmakers working in short films. I think for this version most of the featured films were made by people living on the front range, primarily Denver and Colorado Springs.
As always, a great time was had, and I certainly knew lots of people already. As a bonus, I shot a few rolls of super 8 for my experimental/avant-garde cinema class. I will be finalizing that project sometime in the Fall and then it’s back to submitting to festivals.
Home Movie Day, October 2016 at the Southern Colorado Film Festival. I saw Kodachrome projected for the first time and have to say that I was totally blown away with the colors. The more I see the more I understand how big a hole it left, which the new Ektachrome will probably not be able to fill.
Filmmaker Eric Stewart was our projectionist and film enthusiast extraordinaire. I also included a picture of some of his optical film printers that he’s working on restoring in his garage.
Rock Chapel, Blackwood. A converted church that is now a private residence as well as a B&B, the husband and wife team who own it are big supporters of the Wales International Documentary Festival. The chapel was my base of operations, and the graveyard outside provided much photographic inspiration over the two days of the festival.
As the chapel itself has been renovated and repurposed, so too has the cemetery outside. I’d make a joke about the neighbors being quiet, but actually they weren’t, especially at feeding time in the morning. I never knew sheep could be so excited over breakfast, but what they lack in facial expressions they make up for in the height that they can jump. I thought for sure I had more pictures with the sheep in the graveyard, so maybe they’re there and I’m not looking hard enough…maybe they’re lying in wait, ready to pounce…
I never would have considered traveling to Wales for a film festival if not for some generous offers of funding when I had just learned that Overwhelming Majority had been accepted. Unfortunately that funding fell through and I cancelled my plans, then decided very last minute that the opportunity to go was too good to pass up, even if it meant paying out of pocket for my plane flight. It was a gigantic leap of faith my part and I am currently accepting donations to recoup this expense, as well as help me get to festivals further on down the road.
Though only at the festival in Blackwood for two days, I was able to get to know some cool filmmakers from Britain, Scandinavia, and Belgium, as well as see some interesting documentary films. Probably the best part of the festival though, was being able to share my experiences with the interns, mostly film and journalism students from Cardiff University. They were all cool people and I found that I fit in pretty well there. I hope I’ll be able to get back to the UK before too long.
I brought the Canon 7 and the Olympus Trip 35, loaded with some classic black & white and slide films, shooting 4 rolls total. There is much more to be posted from my first overseas trip.
Hey guys, I started a Gofundme.com page. I’m about to go to Wales for a film festival and I’d appreciate any help you can give me to cover expenses, and help me get to further festivals in the future. If you can donate anything, I’d be grateful. The only reward I can give is to continue to post updates from my travels, as I’ve done so far. Please click here to help me out.
Overwhelming Majority is an experimental documentary short dealing with issues of loneliness, alienation, and social anxiety. A young woman recounts a suicide attempt, muses on the nature of connectedness, and ultimately yearns for understanding.