The Drowning of Echo is an interpretation of the Transformation of Echo and The Story of Narcissus from Ovid's Metamorphoses. In Marshall McLuhan's book "Understanding Media", he describes the myth of Narcissus as a metaphor for how technologies – as extensions of ourselves – become mesmerizing reflecting pools. In a modern context, the fable offers insight into the relationship between narcissism and narcosis: the numbing effects of seeing our own images reflected by devices.
Created with the RGBDToolkit, the Drowning of Echo is part of our ongoing research into depth sensing technology as a cinematic medium. Originally designed as video game controllers, the depth cameras we used to shoot the film were recorded using custom software and later combined with video. The hybrid medium enables us to select camera angles after the fact, blurring the line between video and computer graphics.
By James George & Alexander Porter
Echo | Alice Gosti
Sound | Pearson Wallace-Hoyt
Costume | Mark Ferrin
Lighting | Paul Porter
Makeup | Jenny Bowker
Production | Monica Jane Frisell
Made in openFrameworks // openframeworks.cc/
Using the RGBDToolkit // rgbdtoolkit.com/
Supported by Brooklyn Photo Studio // brooklynphoto.com/