9 min 26 sec
A pleasant winter's nature hike takes a dramatic turn for the worse in this abstract autobiographical montage.
Written, directed, shot, edited, with music and foley by David Edward Therault.
Thanks to Prof. Dan Nocera (Middlesex Community College, Advanced Editing) I found something to do with my home movie footage. A mix of abstractions—I shot a little narrative front end on the Canon T2i, and the rest is random available footage shot in the past two years on the HV30.
PROCESS COMMENTARY (abbreviated)
Please see full video commentary at vimeo.com/therault/making-mtli
PART VI (3:02) "Corpus Christi" sequence – footage of road kill (racoon and wild turkey), and a shroud-of-turin effect inadvertently created by animal blood dripping on a cotton sheet.
PART VII (3:20) "Phlegethon" sequence – brush burning at city landfill.
PART VIII (3:38) "Temptation of Icarus" sequence – winter steam rising above pools of sewage at water treatment plant.
PART X (5:16) – "Satyaloka" – One million jeweled universes is an in-camera effect of the dreadful HV30 4-bladed lens flare, here put to use, as snow crystals quickly melt off a warmed lens filter. Original footage of Debbie at vimeo.com/therault/7th-heaven
MUSIC/SOUNDTRACK – The main music theme is a 12-bar blues composition utilizing a hybrid minor/major jazz harmony. The lead voice is diatonic harmonica through a notch filter and heavy EQ and delay. I was attempting to play the harmonica in a manner emulating a trumpet or trombone.
Guitar — David "Frocton" Filipeti
Bass — Sam Sherry
Percussion — Chip Reed
Harmonica, Keyboard, Vocals — David Therault
Canon T2i and HV30 (naked and with DOF adapter), Final Cut Pro
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