Every year for the last several I try and complete an Xmas video project. Typically I’m a stray during the holiday season, and with family far away I have plenty of time to edit video and record sound. This year however, I’m out in Vancouver B.C. with all the family surrounding me, so I dug up and re-cut this deleted scene from Overland. We shot this scene twice during the making of the film, and although this second pass worked well, I never put sound to the scene as it didn’t make the final cut. I’ve been meaning to release it on its own for a while, as a conversation through gesture and expression. The perfect little quickie holiday project. Credits are listed in the Vimeo description. Happy holidays!
Alex and I got together at the Winnipeg Film Group last week to explore camera techniques in anticipation of the Freed the Puppet project producing another dance film in the near future. I dig the dynamic look of hand held camera work, and in lieu of jibs and harnesses and the like, I’m interested in improving stability and balance in my body in order to generate smooth pans and tracking shots. Alex, being an expert in both dance and yoga, gave me some good tips on body position and fluid motion. I used a table top tripod to brace the DSLR against my chest, and cut a reel of the best shots. We hope to meet again for another exploration in the New Year, to continue to work on camera movement for dance, and to begin to develop choreography specific to the camera.
Freed the Puppet collaborators Alexandra Elliott (director of movement) and Travis Macloud (director of photography) produced Overland in Spring of 2010. Like most Freed work the creation process was largely improvisational.
“We worked from a dance score/script that provided the location and emotion from which Alex drew her choreography. It was situational and intense, especially all the filming on the train. It was my first time directing, and my first project with the 7D. I improvised my way through the process and discovered a new passion. Too much fun.” Travis Macloud