We made this film for silent film class assignment. For this assignment I had to blend two silent film genres. I chose the visual style of German expressionism to use the contrast of light and dark to "paint" the spaces and the structure of Surrealist film to attempt to portray feelings through interpretive film. The goal of this film was to explore the journey of paranoia in an experimental fashion.
I recommend you view this at night, in a dark room. Also headphones really lend to the experience.
original score by:
mike lopez (http://soundcloud.com/mykull/sets)
16mm German Expressionist homage film. From his lonely belltower, the aged Glöckner (Bellringer) watches the ravages of WWI on the village below. The eventual destruction of all he knows unveils his own soul in the form of a ghostly young girl, who leads him to transcendence through loss and beauty.
Film & teaser by Chrystene Ells & Berny Hi - more info and photos: chrystene.com/?p=946 or bernyhi.ca/?p=1579
Score composed by Jason Cullimore
Starring Don Wood & Sable
Funded by the Saskatchewan Arts Board & Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative
shot on Arri S, Kodak Tri-X
(edit 3 - 4K to 1080)