This is a 5-min cut from the first live performance of CLIMAX (which was 43 mins) by Martin Bricelj (video) and Tengal (sound) on April 3, 2010 at Fully Booked U-view cinema at the Fort, Manila, PH.
Only transition effects (audio) were used in this cut. All other effects were part of the performance, and some scenes were re-arranged for this teaser.
Shot on a Sony HD cam c/o Waise Azimi.
CLIMAX is an episodic live cinema research-project consisting of many reiterations and incarnations. It is presented as a performance collective, assembling artists and musicians together to create interpretations in the various episodes.
CLIMAX allows us to reimagine and requestion our changing realities and our collective subconscious through the structure of a non-linear episodic projection:
Climax is interested in the necessity of the cartography of our collective desires and the nuances of our common experiences. By doing so, we intend to present Climax as a project that maps out connections, allowing ideas from various cultures traveled to cross-pollinate, and create new and interesting possibilities.
Climax is a pseudo-narrative about the contemporary pseudo-individual.
It is a poetically atheistic psalm built with the daily fragments or slices of life experience, unforgotten dreams, unattainable desires and the persistence of memory.
When I saw Gian's clothes, I wondered what to do with it — having no background in fashion film or photography, I didn't want to make it too stylish the way they do it in glossy magazines. We decided to style the clothes from scratch. I wanted to shoot it to expose its features that are bland, cold, detached, (a contrast to the tailored precision in his clothes) and treat the film with a kind of ambiguity, superfluous, yet restrained, awkward, but precise at the same time translucent. I wanted to do minimal post-production and do it old-school: by getting as much of the effects through camera tricks, blocking, mis-en-scene, and lighting.
Tengal: Concept, direction, and execution
Butch Maddul: Director of Photography
Gian Romano: Clothing line
Mara Reyes: Styling
Ida Calumpang: Model
Outpost Visual Frontier: Editor / Motion Graphics
Kristina Kintana: Production Manager
Un Escargot Vide?: Music
Created for and produced by blackmarket.sg and them.sg for their "Thread on Frame" fashion festival, Singapore
(cc) May 2011