It's been almost two days since I found out the news of Philip Seymour Hoffman's unexpected death and I still find myself unable to really process it. I still find myself grieving over a man who I never met, who never met me. For the last twenty years I've watched him in movies and plays with my family and friends. He made me laugh, he made me feel, he made me think and today while editing this video he made me cry. Making this video brought me a small amount of closure, of accepting that this is something that really happened. I hope it can do the same for anyone who watches it.
My heart goes out to his friends, his family and anyone else who finds themselves missing him as much as I do right now.
Published on Dec 2, 2013
This is a short video-essay examining Martin Scorsese's films. It shows how Scorsese has used cinema's grammar and vocabulary to expand its expressive force. Irrespective of the many genres within which he has worked, Scorsese harnesses such disciplines as colour, black & white, aspect-ratios, tracking shots, slow-motion, freeze-frame and whip-pans, not to mention voice-over, music and jump-cuts to fully realise cinema's expressive force. Scorsese uses these to present his one overriding theme.
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"And I think that’s part of the obsession, is being able to contain it. Because if obsession is not contained, then it becomes erratic, scattered, negative, the positive energy can flip into the negative. I know all too well, ‘cause I spent a lot of time there. "
The Balance of Dark and Light is a micro exploration into the life and work of Ron Pippin who for the last 30 years has made it his one goal - to create.
Director: Stephen Schuster
DP: Guillermo Lecuona
Editor: Kirk M. Smith
Re-Recording Mixer: Tony Crowe
Production Audio: Stewart Schuster
"Bane" and "Bending Time"
Courtesy of Hymen Records
written and composed by Guillermo Silberstein
Publisher: Smash Haus Music Group