Gregory Colbert’s Ashes and Snow feature film captures extraordinary moments of contact between people and animals as seen through the lens of the artist’s camera on more than thirty expeditions to some of the earth's most remote places. Written, directed, produced, and filmed by Gregory Colbert, it is a poetic field study that depicts the world not as it is, but as it might be—a world in which the natural and artificial boundaries separating humans from other species do not exist. The viewing experience is one of wonder and contemplation, serenity, and hope.
Edited by two-time Oscar-winner Pietro Scalia; narrated by actors Laurence Fishburne (English), Enrique Roche (Spanish), and Ken Watanabe (Japanese). Musical collaborators include Michael Brook, David Darling, Heiner Goebbels, Lisa Gerrard, Lukas Foss, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, and Djivan Gasparyan.
Vivid Festival 2012
Customs House, May-June 2012
Digital Projection Content Design and Production - The Electric Canvas
Soundtrack - The Electric Canvas
Projection Overlay and Technology - The Electric Canvas
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The Electric Canvas presents "City Life" as part of Vivid Sydney. Using the ornate architecture of Customs House as a skeleton, an elaborate city within a city is created. As the morning sun rises, the buildings, streets, overpasses and infrastructure emerge out of Customs House, like an organism coming to life. Hundreds of people, cars, buses and trains traverse the city. Mercurial weather patterns, traffic lights flashing, horns honking, the everyday hustle and bustle.
Delving deeper into the heart of this amazing organism, the city's inhabitants go about their daily lives. Connected and disconnected. Individual and collective. Mundane routine gives way to magic, and the city offers up unexpected and delightful surprises. Day meets night, the shadows lengthen and so the pulse, colour and mood of the city changes as it winds down.
Extraordinary things happen in this miniature city. Watch the imposing architecture of Customs House playfully transformed by The Electric Canvas through the mastery of 3D mapping and sound.