Old Techniques. UNIQUE TECHNIQUES. New Technology.
Film is a very organic process. With so many different ways to capture the world, I find there's often no right or wrong way. Every shoot offers something new, and every editing session presents infinite ways of piecing together a puzzle that doesn't exactly have a box to peak at...
My first professional instruction of film technique was with a Bolex film camera -- followed by a K3. In my current work, I find many of the techniques learned through film (loading, measuring light, adjusting aperture, finding focal points, etc...) translate well into my digital work with DSLR film.
One of my favorite aspects of filming is a newfound hybrid technique inspired by my love of skating. Film and rolling motion were made for each other... Like an invisible rope that lassos in the viewer, the smooth -- sometimes fast, sometimes slow -- movement of this ethereal combination gracefully grasps its audience -- and doesn't easily let go.
With my first pair of skates strapped on my feet at the age of four, I found a love for the ice. A little older and blades became wheels in the summer months. I played ice hockey for fifteen years, but always held a soft spot for my warm weather inline hockey blades. The summer preceding my first semester of college, I felt a need for speed and the gnawing inclination that there was more to life than 84mm wheels. Boy was there... and I've been an inline speed skater ever since.
Thus, with skating being such a natural movement for me, it was only a matter of time until I would combine it with the organic nature of film. It's one of my better ideas, and I'm very excited to embark on any film shoots that are just begging for me to strap on my skates.
Indulge in the video of Stephan Crump's "Thwirl" (under 'Music Videos') to see my first professional use of this technique.