Thursday, January 29, 2009

nargun and qlab

If you're thinking of using Qlab this is what you're looking at. These are my corrections notes JUST from the plot. Zoom in to the A4 pages! 5 times the amount of work than updating dvds - tedious and time consuming. The 2Ghz Intel Mac minis were only just barely able to do a cross dissolve, pathetic! Still, if you have to hand the av over to another operator, this is the way to do it. A BIG loss is no live operation, its all automated.

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Nargun and the Stars

This is LARGE scale, scary puppetry from the mind of Scott Wright (Erth) co-directed by Wesley Enoch. Eye scorching, heavy duty, saturated imagery will be buffeting the scrims and textured cyc's - there will be screams of terror. For ages 8 and up. I've been working with triple layered composite mattes cut out of photographs from the Hunter Valley. Monstrous rocks, terrifying trees, spirits, dreams, night storms and supernatural swamps... puff, puff. Motion particle generators, luma keyed puppet multiples, filmed shadow puppetry, explosions, real videoed particle transtions... 9 weeks of intense making cut in as much detail as I have time to motion track it all. Some of the masked landscapes have come out similar to Sydney Long's paintings of opiate and impressionistic spirit dreams. The pain of this show is the 56,000 hours to program and prepare video for Qlab.
SYDNEY FESTIVAL, Riverside Theatre 15-21 Jan, 2009

recent biog

Sam James has been a filmmaker and projection designer for performance since 1995. His focus has been to collaborate with new media, dance and theatre projects to develop integrated, paradoxical languages in live performance. He has been a regular contributor to Performance Space for ten years also filling a role as video documentor for many independent dancers there. His approach to the moving image is to unveil paradoxes between media and the live presence and being seduced but complicit in the manipulations of the stage.  Most of his work involves animation of abject subconscious, environments and objects, playing with and against the performer.  He trained in architecture and film and has been a set designer and made successful super 8 and 16mm films such as Nun's Night Out (winner best dance film, Australian Dance Awards 2006). He has screened dance films in Cinedans Amsterdam, MOVES Manchester, VideoDansa Barcelona, Dança em Foco Rio de Janiero, Tansfilm Wetbewerb Berlin, Video Danza Buenos Aires, MediaTerra Athens, Reeldance in Australia and NZ and the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, New York. Although he spends most of his time working on small, independent developments he regularly contributes to the major festivals in Australia, from Adelaide to Perth to Alice Springs.