Narrator : Tom O'Bedlam -- youtube/SpokenVerse
Based On : In Memoriam by Alfred, Lord Tennyson.
Producers : JOHN X. CAREY, JORGE GARDUNO, PAVAN OJAH.
Director of Photography : JUSTIN GURNARI
Production Designer/Wardrobe/Hair & Makeup : BRITNEY HOPPER-ROBLEDO
Colorist : JEREMY SAWYER @ CO3
2011 OnVidi First Place $10K Prize for Drama and Romance.
Shot on MiniDV on a Sony DCR-TRV19E Digital Handycam with a 0.5X wide lens attachment at 576 50i. Made progressive in post production.
This is a remastered version. It was originally 4:3 with a 16:9 Letterbox, but I have upscaled it to 1920x1080 (1280x720 for Vimeo) with a 1:1.85 Letterbox to preserve original aspect ratio.
This is the most avant-garde piece I have done to date. The inspiration to make it came purely from the fascination I had with the lips of the partner I was with at the time. I found myself staring at his lips uncontrollably, so I asked him if he'd be interested in letting me film him for a short film. I wanted everything to be stripped down, as I wanted to have all the focus on beauty in the male form.
I didn't know in what direction I wanted to take the film in terms of the final edit, but I started shooting extreme close ups of his lips, chin, jaw, shoulders and collarbones. As I edited the best shots of that session together, I realised I needed some more shots of the rest of his body in order to fill in the gaps.
I never wanted to show his eyes, as this would have broken the 'mysteriousness' of the film. When you don't see the eyes of someone, there's a barrier and it's impersonal. I didn't allow any facial expressions or a lot of movement or speaking, thus to keep the illusion.
The end result was better than I expected. The camera kept falling out of focus on many shots because at times it was poorly lit and I had the camera zoomed in most of the time. This added the perfect avant-garde look that I was looking for. The goosebumps on his skin made it all the more interesting and then of course turning it black & white was a must.
Because of the private nature of the content and to protect the privacy of the subject, I previously didn't officially released this title. The few friends and relatives I did show it to all interpreted it in a different way, because I never explained what it was about. Some said it was erotic art; some said it was pure sex and that the gestures made it seem like sexual frustration; and some said it simply looked like an artistic video about the male body. I didn't come up with the name for the short until much later, but I eventually settled on 'S K I N'. I am still not happy with the title, but there is nothing else I'd rather have it as.
Filmed on 16 & 30 November 2008.
Editing finished on 02 December 2008.
Remastering finished on 04 February 2012.
Edited on Adobe Premiere Pro CS3
Remastered on Adobe Premiere Pro CS5
Rights for Music Reserved by 'East Norfolk Sixth Form College' Under Permission Of 'EdExcel' - http://www.edexcel.org.uk/
art direction STEFANO DALL'OSSO starring VIRGINIO GAZZOLO directed by STEFANO BIANCHI direction of photography MAURO PINI production manager LUCA BORSONI monologue by RENATO BORSONI coordination ROSALBA BELUSSI make up OK SCHOOL very special guest NICOLE SCARPINI
Experimental visuals, set to music, to tell the story of young love.
I wanted to make something simple, sexy and stylish. Paul, who shot the film, had the original concept but was happy for me to develop it and this is the result. It was a small, intimate set and we tried to create some interesting shots, all lit with soft backlights. It was a challenge to find ways to project the words with movement and different reveals. I'm really pleased with the end result.
Shot using the SGpro 35mm lens adapter on a Sony Z1. Graded with Magic Bullet Looks. We filmed in a black studio, which was almost completely blacked out (it is possible to see a patch of background light in one shot). It was a nice change to have such control over the light and not having our lighting set up dictated by any natural light sources.
The music came about after we had finished filming, suggested by Rich (who stars in the film). It fitted perfectly and, I think, adds another dimension the story.
I also recut a version of 'Making Love' to a track by Moby as part of an online competition. It was about a minute shorter and slightly faster paced. That cut has since been destroyed to make room for the original, and best, version!