Alexa Classic // Cook S4i
Director: Madelyn Jordan
Production Designer: Gi Chiarella
Two sisters struggle with jealousy and frustration when their favorite boy band shows up during the girls’ work shift , shattering their teenage dreams when the boys are not as dreamy as expected.
I started with the idea of bringing in pop music video visual grammar when the boy-band arrived. To motivate this, I had to establish subtle neon embellishments that would still play when the band wasn’t there.
The girls have a wonderful transition from fawning over the boys in their secret closet to realizing their perspectives where as this as the magazines they read. Their scenes are framed naturally and lit with little contrast to show their comfort. A more moody night exterior reveals the lead singer’s flaws, before coming back inside to a more desaturated and cold store. After the boys leave, the blue remains, for their presence has started some drama between the sisters.
With director Madelyn Jordan, we conceived ending the film outside, with the sisters burning the magazines they had once worshiped. The warm fire creating an instinctual bonding moment between them.
Canon C300 // Ziess CP.2
Director: Youngbin Song
An immigrant father pushes his 1st generation son to follow in his footsteps at the family restaurant.
Canon C300 // Ziess CP.2
Director: Shannon Callsen
Production Designer: Connor Wiles
A woman encounters her split personalities as real people while trying to save her family.
Embarrassing an underlit face helped build a mysterious atmosphere, almost mimicking the mental illness by portraying the camera as an unreliable narrator.
35mm Kodak Film, 500T // Arriflex BL3 // Canon K35 lenses
Director: Peter Lyngso
Two brothers struggle to remember how life was before a car accident that killed their mother.
A warm and familiar handheld camera covers their life before the crash. Afterwords, things are still, awkwardly framed and eerie. The play between natural sun light and ghostly red light beaming from the boys window draws a sharp line between life and death
35mm Kodak Film, 500T Panavision Millennium XL2 // Panavision Primos
For my the final lighting class at Columbia College, Lighting 3, we were tasked with recreating a famous art piece. Being a fan of Gregory Crewdson, I of course chose one of his.
Working closely with the production design class, we were able to do our take on the original image. Being a big fan of motivated colorful light, I chose a gross and pungent green for the bathroom, contrasted with a murky yellow in the bedroom to provide an unnerving atmosphere.