Thanks so much to @PlanetMitch (Mitch Aunger) for the article about this video on the Planet5D blog here - http://blog.planet5d.com/2010/08/the-drive-pastels-video-and-a-toy-car-art-by-victoria-taylor-gore/ And make sure and see the behind the scenes video here - http://vimeo.com/13781262 Video, Art, and Editing by Victoria Taylor-Gore http://www.victoriataylorgore.com http://www.anartjournal.com (blog) Music - Midnight Manhattan by Jeremy Sherman Music license purchased from http://www.shockwave-Sound.com I worked on this project through the summer - both the pastel backgrounds (that I'll show in my gallery in Santa Fe) and the video. I'm using my own pastels for the backgrounds for the video and mixing in real objects (like the antique toy car) into the scenes. The video includes themes that I have often painted before, but making the scenes work for the video gave me new ideas for my work. The style of the paintings are my style...not a style I invented for this project. The best part though is that by using my pastels as part of the film, it has enriched my composition and challenged me to come up with more creative points of view. I love combining both my passions - pastel and video. Shot with a Canon 7D, Tokina 16-50mm f2.8 lens, Tokina 100mm f2.8 macro lens, and Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 lens. Editing done in Adobe Premiere Pro CS4. The black and white scene was done with Digieffects Aged Film - wonderful effects package. I also used a Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 3x...a piece of gear that I find essential, especially with the precise focusing needed with close up shots like this. I also used my wonderful Kessler Crane Pocket Dolly in a very unconventional way - see the BTS video - http://vimeo.com/13781262 - for more info. on that :)+ More details
Video and editing - Victoria Taylor-Gore Music - Touch the Sky by Emorej (music license from jamendo.com) Shot with a Canon 7D, Tokina 16-50mm f2.8 lens, Tokina 100mm f2.8 macro lens, edited in Premiere Pro CS5. More fun with my vintage Marx vintage dollhouse, Marx vintage astronaut, and Marx Campus Cutie doll.+ More details
This is my entry into the Saatchi & Saatchi Hello Future Music Video Competition with Moby and Vimeo. For more information on thie music video competition please see: http://vimeo.com/saatchiandsaatchi . Directed, Edited, and Filmed by Victoria Taylor-Gore. Music "Be the One" from the album "Destroyed" by Moby. I like to use symbolism in my work that implies a surreal narrative, so the viewer can complete the story from their own experience, feelings, and imagination. What I will say about this film is that some of the things I thought about while I listened to Moby's beautiful "Be the One" were: Love. Possession. Addiction. Sacrifice. Forgiveness. Redemption. Hello, Future. The main characters in this film are dolls that I have collected for several years. These magical handmade dolls are by Gusti Ngurah Semarajaya at www.novica.com . Other objects are part of my own collection, with some added props that I found on sale at Hobby Lobby :) Part of the wonder of filmmaking for me is transforming ordinary objects into vessels of meaning and expression. Shot with a Canon 7D and a Tokina 100mm f2.8 macro lens. Editing was done in Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.+ More details
Selected for the Runner-up - Vimeo Weekend Project (Film Noir theme)! http://vimeo.com/groups/weekendproject/forumthread:240557 . The winner of the Vimeo Weekend Project (Film Noir theme) was "Engaged For Murder" by Justin Aguirre (vimeo.com/23611349) - great film! And the other wonderful entries for the Vimeo Weekend Project (Film Noir theme) are here http://vimeo.com/groups/weekendproject/videos . Video and Editing - Victoria Taylor-Gore Music - "Last Minute Thoughts" by Alexander Khaskin Music license purchased from shockwave-sound.com Shot with a Canon 7D and a Tokina 100mm f2.8 macro lens. Editing was done in Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.+ More details
Video and editing by Victoria Taylor-Gore http://www.victoriataylorgore.com Music - Fragile by Roger Subirana Mata (music license purchased from Jamendo.com) This video was shot and edited in a little over 24 hours for the Vimeo Weekend Project "Looking Closer" ( http://vimeo.com/groups/weekendproject/forumthread:239709 ) - all to be shot with a macro lens and no wide shots. These dolls are all around 2 1/2 - 3 inches, but my macro lens makes them fill the screen and come to life. Thanks to Gunther Machu for telling me about the theme for the Vimeo Weekend Project - you can see the beautiful video that Gunther submitted here: http://vimeo.com/22157896 . I have been working on a series of videos using Marx vintage dolls, dollhouses, and furniture...and just got the miniature telescope recently (not vintage or Marx). I work with implied meaning in the tradition of Surrealism...where meanings are suggested and it is up to the viewer to solve the riddle on their own. In other words...stories that evoke meaning, not explain it. Shot with a Canon 7D, a Tokina 100mm f2.8 macro lens (for all the shots), and it was edited in Adobe Premiere Pro CS5. Most of the shots have no post editing applied, except for slowing down the timing. Thanks to Mike Collins (@Mikespins) for the Kodachrome camera profile that I used...made most of the shots ready straight out of the camera!+ More details
This one minute video is for the Vimeo group "1 Minute: a Vimeo Project." Here are the rules (from the Vimeo Group @ http://vimeo.com/groups/1minute): "The rules: -Video must be exactly one minute long -No camera movement (no panning, tilting, etc) -No editing whatsoever -Use original sound -Tag with '1 minute' With the chaos of everyday life consuming our senses, it is nice to sit back and enjoy moments and experiences that are often overlooked. This project aims to study the forgotten moments and times in life that we often pass by without acknowledging." Video by Victoria Taylor-Gore. Things I love about the group "1 Minute: a Vimeo Project" 1. No editing - what a dream. 2. Didn't have to pay for a music license. 3. Great challenge and helps me improve my shooting skills - thanks, Vimeo :) This video is one minute out of my life. I didn't do ANY post, but I did think ahead and set my Canon 7D to the standard "portrait" setting since if I had shot it flat as I usually do with DSLR footage, the color and contrast could not be corrected in post. I also added some colored lights around the sink to spice up the scene. The movie in the background on TV happened to be "Call Me Bwana" (1963 - with Bob Hope). I used my Rode Video Mic and my Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 3X. Shot with a Canon 7d (at 1080p, 30 frames per second) and a Tokina 100mm f2.8 macro lens.+ More details
Video and Editing by Victoria Taylor-Gore http://www.victoriataylorgore.com Music - "Awaiting News" by 1M1 Music (license from musicloops.com) Shot with a Canon 7D, Tokina 100mm f2.8 macro lens, editing in Premiere Pro CS5.5. More from my series of surreal videos using miniature sets and figures. This video suggests an estranged relationship between a man and his "house", but I'll let the viewer fill in the rest of the story.+ More details
Video and Editing by Victoria Taylor-Gore Music - "Silent Tears" by Roger Subirana Mata Purchased music license from Jamendo.com This is the third video in a series called "The Conversation": The first part of this series is here: "The Conversation" http://vimeo.com/14891218 The second part of this series is here: "The Conversation Part II" http://vimeo.com/15119881 This short surreal film continues the juxtaposition of miniature toy Marx plastic figures - and a Marx vintage 1950's dollhouse. For added lighting, I used a small portable light table. These are dream sequences, and I used multiple characters to suggest a psychological interplay between the figures. As in the other two videos in the series (to date) there is no literal story, only an implied one. To me the magic is taking something ordinary and transform it with the use of light, design, optics, and strange placement...make these characters into more that plastic toys. What they suggest is subject to interpretation - an active process between the image and the viewer. At this point, I think there will be a few more videos in the series...not sure if I'll combine these videos into one longer film or not. Shot with a Canon 7D, Tokina 100mm f2.8 macro lens, Kessler Crane Pocket Dolly, edited in Adobe Premiere Pro CS4, used Digieffects Aged Film effects for old black and white movie texture effect (plus some post manipulation of value in Premiere Pro). And last but not least, my Zacuto Z-Finder Pro-3x which I find essential with macro shots. I also used Neat Video to remove unwanted artifacts in the dark shots, and then added back more uniform film grain effects with Digieffects "Aged Film."+ More details
This video is Part 2 in a series - this is the black and white version. The first part of this series is here: "The Conversation" http://vimeo.com/14891218 The color version of "The Conversation Part II" is here: http://vimeo.com/15150029 Video and Editing by Victoria Taylor-Gore Music - "Queen of the Wind" by Roger Subirana Mata Purchased music license from Jamendo.com This is my second video in a series using vintage 1940's - 1950's Marx toy figures and dollhouses. My approach is based on a combination of Surrealist film and Film Noir (as far as lighting and 1940's - 1950's imagery). Like most surreal works, my goal is to imply a story...not to provide a literal narrative. New meanings and interpretations are provided by the viewer - strange juxtapositions of images evoke different stories... This black and white version is consistent with the first in the series - with a Film Noir look and the symbolism of dark vs light...pushed the blacks to create a more tense emotional effect. I did the color version of this video just because the footage had such rich color, and it's fun to compare the different atmosphere of black and white vs. color. Shot with a Canon 7D, Tokina 100mm f2.8 macro lens, Kessler Crane Pocket Dolly, edited in Adobe Premiere Pro CS4, used Digieffects Aged Film effects for old black and white movie effect (plus some post manipulation of value in Premiere Pro). And last but not least, my Zacuto Z-Finder Pro-3x which I find essential with macro shots. This video had lots of dark shots that were too "noisy" so I used Neat Video - http://www.neatvideo.com/ - to clean up the unwanted noise and artifacts, and then I used Digieffects Aged Film to add back an overall aged film grain (the way I wanted it!).+ More details
This video is Part 1 in a series: Part 2 (black and white version) in this series - "The Conversation Part II" by Victoria Taylor-Gore http://vimeo.com/15119881 Part 2 (color version) in this series: "The Conversation II" by Victoria Taylor-Gore http://vimeo.com/15150029 Part 3 (black and white version) in this series - "The Conversation Part III" by Victoria Taylor-Gore http://vimeo.com/15499048 This is my new project using vintage 1940's - 1950's Marx toy figures and dollhouses. I'm not sure if this short film is finished...I have more scenes in mind, but may just do some more short films in a series. It just seemed to be enough, and the music has been a great inspiration...Roger Subirana Mata is a wonderful composer, and I love the way the track "The Dark Symphony" changes from optimism to suspense to mystery. My approach is based on a combination of Surrealist film and Film Noir (as far as lighting and 1940's - 1950's imagery). Like most surreal works, my goal is to imply a story...not to provide a literal narrative. New meanings and interpretations are provided by the viewer - strange juxtapositions of images evoke different stories... Video and editing - Victoria Taylor-Gore http://www.victoriataylorgore.com Music - "Dark Symphony" by Roger Subirana Mata Purchased music license from Jamendo.com http://www.jamendo.com/en/track/332856 Shot with a Canon 7D, Tokina 100mm f2.8 macro lens, Kessler Crane Pocket Dolly, edited in Adobe Premiere Pro CS4, used Digieffects Aged Film effects for old black and white movie effect (plus some post manipulation of value in Premiere Pro). And last but not least, my Zacuto Z-Finder Pro-3x which I find essential with macro shots.+ More details
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