HAIKU 1:DOUBT is the first in a series of very short pieces (1 to 3 minutes) I am doing between October 2012 and December 2014. My goal is to make a piece every three months in collaboration with a different sound artist. Each project involves boundaries being placed on both the audio artist by me and on me by the audio artist.
I was inspired to do the project while listening to a piece called Warning:Sound by Peter Moller, an hour long collage of sound design, theatre pieces and various other ‘found’ audio. It is one of my favorite pieces to animate by and often triggers new visual ideas for me.
Peter is an amazing hyper-talented multi-disciplinary artist. He has run Egg Press since 1979, played music with the likes of Kris Demeanor, Gil Scott Heron and Eugene Chadbourne, performs in theatre productions and has won several awards for sound design. As well, he’s a super nice person that is so easy to work with it makes me want to leave my basement (WANT to leave, I didn’t say I WOULD leave my basement, theres a subtle difference). I’ve worked with Peter in several different situations over the years, in theatre and musical groups, and have had him do voice over work on The Empress and Wrecking Ball and thought it’d be great to be able to use his considerable talents in sound design.
With this film, I wanted to play around with camera movement a bit. Originally I was going to just have Agnes as a talking head, with most of the dialogue being internal. I had two different ideas for this film, originally I was just going to have Agnes as a talking head, with most of the narration being internal. After doing this, I then had an idea it would be better as a series of mundane actions Agnes made to this narration; putting on lipstick, reading a newspaper, doing dishes, etc. Each action would be changed while the camera was stable, timelapsing the set-up of the next action, and changing the camera angle in the middle of each action, thus, there are distinct actions and distinct camera changes, but no distinct cuts. Part way through this process I sent Peter a working copy with both ideas in a split screen, but in the end deciding to use only the second idea. Peter convinced me to keep the split screen format though, and I think he was right.
This is the first Haiku I’m doing with Peter, there is at least one more that I will be doing with him later in this series, I already have the audio, and its awesome, I can’t remember the restriction I gave him on that one, think it had something to do with crows, but his restriction for me was that it had to be point of view. Should be fun.
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