Filmed 2007 - 2010, Completed in 2011.

I am finally finished with a film that has taken me over 4.5 years [on-and-off] to make! What started off as a few ideas that I filmed in high school has now evolved into a 41.5 minute narrative. (see note below)

A voyeuristic artist finds intrigue amidst the actions of a mysterious figure.

Produced, Written, and Directed by
Matthew Oquendo

Photography, Editing, and Sound Design by
Matthew Oquendo

Brian Lugo as The Thief
Alfredo Garcia as The Artist
Alejandro Garcia as Child
Paolo Fernando as Thief #2

Featuring Original Artwork by
Giancarlo Belen and Matthew Oquendo

Featuring Music by
Darren Copeland
Francis Dhomont
Christopher Macias
Mario Rodrigue
Iannis Xenakis
Maurice Ravel (performances by Martha Argerich and Sviatoslav Richter)

NOTE - The challenge was this:

1. Make a list of spontaneous ideas + images and film them WITHOUT a microphone.
2. Try to connect them narratively WITHOUT title cards or dialogue (since those allow for easy explanation of events).
3. Over time the film will evolve into something out of your control, which is good.
4. As a result, you are left with the challenge of "pure" composition - organic camera placement, concise editing, and manufactured sound.

Anyway, while I wasn't expecting so many years to go by, I really find it cool and fascinating to see how the nature of film, itself, can manipulate temporal elements in addition to spatial and auditory ones. E.g. The 'narrative' of "Chiaroscuro" takes place over the course of a couple days, but was filmed over the course of 4 years; plus, the entire soundtrack (aside from the music and some sound effects) are entirely home-made.

In addition to being a great learning experience, I had a lot of fun with this project albeit the long hours/frustrations over the years. Anyway, I highly recommend this experimental challenge for those wanting to test their compositional chops.

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