Shake off all the worries on your mind and smile! The dogs featured in SHAKE are simply here to offer you a couple minutes of wonder and laughter. :)
SHAKE is based on a photography series of the same name by co-director Carli Davidson. The work was inspired by her own dog Norbert, whose drool she regularly cleans off walls due to his own frequent shaking.
In 2012 the Variable team stumbled upon Carli Davidson's photo-series-gone-viral, "SHAKE", and immediately fell in love with the images of dogs that she was able to capture. The combination of innocence and ridiculousness had us all hysterically laughing, and of course thinking; "We NEED to meet this Carli and bring her images to life!" Fortunately for us, Carli responded to our enthusiastic e-mail with an even more enthusiastic e-mail stating that she was totally down to collaborate and had a very similar vision! After months and many meetings of trying to figure out how we could even afford to make this film, we all just decided to empty our pockets, pull some serious strings, and make the video purely for the fun of it.
If you are fans of the video, there is a very good chance you will enjoy the book as well. Check it out on the link below and please consider supporting our awesome friend Carli. This is her first book, and we are certain it won't be her last!
*No dogs were harmed during the making of this film. We love animals. Please reach out to email@example.com directly if you have any questions or concerns about the animal’s rolls and we will get back to you asap. Thanks in advance!
For press inquiries about SHAKE please contact:
Production Company: Variable
Directors: Carli Davidson & Jonathan Bregel
Executive Producer: Tyler Ginter
Producers: Carli Davidson & Alex Friedman
Director of Photography: Khalid Mohtaseb
Camera Master/Phantom Technician: Nick Midwig
Assistant Camera: Daniel Stewart
Gaffer: Travis Becker
Animal Wrangler: Amanda Giese
Craft Services: Tim Wiesch
Production Assistant: Cheyenne Allott
Post Production: Variable & The Mill
Editor: Jonathan Bregel
Assistant Editor: Jeff Levine
Post Production Producer: Alex Friedman
Head of Content: Ian Bearce @ The Mill
TK Producer: Heath Raymond @ The Mill
Colourist: Sal Malfitano @ The Mill
Special thanks to the amazing team at Rule Boston Camera for trusting us yet again with their Phantom Flex camera package. None of this would be possible without their support over the past few years. Rule.com
Thank you to the entire Becker family and Becker Productions for kindly providing us with a great studio space and plenty of lighting and grip to cover with dog hair and drool.
Last but most certainly not least, thanks to all of the wonderful dogs and their owners for collaborating with our team in making this idea a reality. Next time we are in Portland, dog treats are on us. ;)
Heart Stop Beating is the story of Billy Cohn & Bud Frazier, two visionary doctors from the Texas Heart Institute, who in March of 2011 successfully replaced a dying man's heart with a 'continuous flow' device they developed, proving that life was possible without a pulse or a heart beat.
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120 Model Tableau Vivant - Skylight One Hanson
Conceived in 2009, Tableau Vivant of The Delirium Constructions is Small's performative incarnation of The Delirium Constructions. The film below is a 25-minute excerpt from Small's most recent performance, which took place in NYC in Spring 2011 at the landmarked Williamsburg Savings Bank Building, now known as Skylight One Hanson. The performance brought together 120 participants, setting the precedent for all future productions.
Tableau Vivant of The Delirium Constructions celebrates humanity by representing a visual and sonic encyclopedia of the human condition. Part homage to the history of art, part joyous communion, part party, part radical experiment, Small’s Tableaux reveal the evolutionary process of creating art and community, contemplating raw and poignant truths about humankind’s timeless yearning to find connection within ourselves and with one another.
The project mounts a unique, process-oriented and participant-driven theatrical experience in diverse communities across the globe, enlisting local talent and non-performers alike to create a self-revealing celebration of image, sound, and unity, via contemporary, multi-disciplinary performance art.
By engaging local and global communities simultaneously, Small’s performances instigate forward movement, fostering authentic expression to perpetuate social change. Her artistic process reaches the young and the elderly, people of all classes and backgrounds; non-artists and artists alike, promoting individuality within community. Small provides a platform for real-life contact and creation, opposing our current societal trends toward technological insularity, and generating a dialogue of safe, close, interpersonal connection.
The performance itself is a 75-minute, 120-body event, derived from the processes and methods of Small’s still photographic series, The Delirium Constructions. Incorporated into the larger framework of a 4-5 hour audience-integrating nightlife experience, performances begin in silence and stillness, as the audience confronts a static composition: a stack of human forms. As the performance unfolds, these forms come to life, singly and in groups, alternating between static pose and surging gesture. Music emerges, evolving into choral harmonies; visual relationships are born and torn asunder; tension rises, only to dissipate. Finally, the performance melts into the crowd, eliminating the boundaries between the observer and the observed.
Unlike traditional theatre, the art of Tableau is rooted in the identities and interactions of the people involved— most of whom have little or no experience in live performing arts of any kind. They are a “self-selecting” community, and the content is drawn from their personal histories and rapidly developing relationships with each other— in turn eliminating the artifice of “acting".
Tableau is performance, tip-toeing on the edge of immersive theatre. It is music, incorporating classical aria, local folk song, choral drones, and string instruments. It is dance, juxtaposing organic, arrhythmic gesture with choreographed movement. It is visual spectacle, as one-hundred-twenty people pose and move in a range of costume: historical dress, contemporary fashion, and nakedness. Finally, it is experiment; together, creating moments of truly original, highly improbable intimacy.