This film was edited from a multi-camera shoot of All Things Shining on performance on 14 June 2012. Shot in HD (1080p), presented here in 720p, 5mbps.
All Things Shining is an experiment in devised, intermedial theatre/live cinema, written, directed, and produced by Phil Garrett, in partial fulfillment of the requirements, for an MFA degree in Theatre from, The Ohio State University Department of Theatre. The show was staged in the The Experimental Media and Movement Arts Lab (EMMA) in the Motion Capture suite at The Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD) at The Ohio State University.
PERFORMANCE: The play was performed on 14 and 15 June 2012 in the Experimental Media and Movement Arts (EMMA) Lab at The Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD) at Ohio State University.
SYNOPSIS: All Things Shining is a story about humanity, seen through the lens of a man facing his own mortality. The protagonist is Captain Matt Simon, an astronaut leading the first manned mission to the planet Mars. The play travels through time, providing a view into pivotal moments in the protagonist’s past, juxtaposed and interwoven with scenes that make up the dramatic present. In this way, the play acts as a time machine, allowing the audience to travel back and forth in the character’s consciousness and experience in order to gain a whole picture of the protagonist as a proxy and metaphor for their own lives.
INTERMEDIAL, DEVISED THEATRE: The project draws on a number of media and disciplines including live performance, film, and performance technologies including layered video design, multi-screen projection, interactive performance, complex sound design and scoring, and saturated, tight area lighting.
Jon Osbeck as Matt Simon
Rick Napoli as George, The Father
James Aaron Tecumseh Sinclair as Control
Ashley Rae Kobza as She
**Special Appearance by Professor Tom Burns, Director of Perkins Observatory
/ Sound Design, Video Programmer/Operator and Helmet Lighting Design - Dave Wallingford
/ Lighting Design – Dayna Schlefstein
/ Videographer – Alan Weisenberger
/ Wardrobe Consultant – Rebecca Turk
/ Video Documentation – AJ Frank, Tom Heban, Kyle Robinson
The EMMA Lab Team
Prof. Norah Zuniga-Shaw, Department of Dance; Matt, Lewis, Graphic Research Specialist, ACCAD; Oded Huberman, Visiting Artist/Resident Technical Director
Selected Dialogue Adapted From "The Thin Red Line" by Terrence Malick, "Midnight in the Sunken Cathedral" by Harlan Ellison, "True Blood: Burning Down the House" by Nancy Oliver
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS & INSPIRATIONS
Terrence Malick, Harlan Ellison, Laurie Anderson, Rod Serling, Jason Silva, Eliot Rausch, Geir Jenssen / Biosphere, Moby, Sigur Rós, Edward Hopper, Antonin Artaud, Samuel Beckett, Sam Shepard, Wiiliam Shakespeare, Robert Frost, The Green Hand, Ridley Scott, Stanley Kubrick, David Lynch, Lars Von Trier, Alfonso Cuarón, Guillermo del Toro, Ron Fricke, Conrad Hall, Hans Zimmer, John Murphy, The Builders Association, The Abbey Theatre Company and Mark O’Rowe, Carl Sagan, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Nicola Tesla, Søren Kierkegaard, and so many others…
*Special Thanks from Jon Osbeck to Jennifer and Ava for their patience and love.
*Special Thanks from Rick Napoli to Penny, Aaron, and Valentino.
Richard Napoli, Sr. in memoriam.
*Special Thanks from James Aaron Tecumseh Sinclair to Cori Sinclair and Logan Grantz,the sparkling diamonds in my sky.
*Special Thanks from Phil Garrett to…
My MFA Advisory Committee: Prof. Jimmy Bohr, Prof. Maria Palazzi, Prof. Janet Parrott, Prof. Mo Ryan
My amazing All Things Shining Team of Collaborators
The Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD): Maria Palazzi, Alan Price, Vita Berezina-Blackburn, Matt Lewis, David Bertram and Elaine Smith
// Professor Tom Burns of Perkins Observatory, Delaware, Ohio
// The Builders Association
// A very special thanks to Josh Higgason of The Builders Association for letting me tag along, and for the opportunity to learn from him.
// Jay Scheib
// My Fellow MFAs
// The incomparable Gary Jones.
Finally, a very special thanks to my family for their love, support, and patience.
This non-commercial play incorporates images by Keiji Iwai Photography, NASA, Michael König, Sander van den Berg, and National Geographic. Under Creative Commons: The Luminous Landscape and TSO Photography
The events depicted in this live cinema piece are fictitious.
All Original Content, Text, and Images © 2012, Philip R. Garrett
“We must always dream: it’s how we project
distinct and delightful future possibilities in
our heads, so that we may choose
the best of all possible futures,
and then pull the present
forward to meet it.”
– Jason Silva
Keep looking up.
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