The staff here isn’t just tirelessly dedicated to bringing you this year’s best international cinema, or troubleshooting Final Cut with you when sewing together that montage for Digital Video Editing; nope, we are also tirelessly dedicated to making our own movies too!
Miles Sprietsma and Jonathan Dick–usually found behind our equipment room window, helping you with gear and software–both have works in the upcoming NW FILM CENTER MOVERS & MAKERS screening on January 26, 7 PM.
We asked both Miles and Jon to say a few words about their work:
Miles Sprietsma – SOLARISTICS
SOLARISTICS was an experiment. I came up with the idea of exposing a single strip of film multiple times with different colored light bulbs a few years ago as a still-photography project, but I wanted to add movement to heighten the psychedelic results I was seeing. SOLARISTICS came out of this experimentation fully formed. I would say the whole film is serendipitous, as I had no preconceived outcome for the project other than to experiment with the method. The slow rhythm of the piece really took me by surprise, as I was going completely off intuition as to the timing of all the exposures (which were all done in one night, in-camera). When paired with the soundtrack, an ambient guitar-feedback piece which had previously been titled Solaristics, everything came together, it was done.
Jonathan Dick – THE LAST MARCH
THE LAST MARCH was a big deal for me. My DP, Producer and myself researched and pitched our project to Kodak and received over $35,000 to make this 5-minute short. When we arrived on set, the whole farm we chose was snowed over. We had only 6 days to shoot, over 30 extras, guns, horses, canons and a cold and disgruntled crew. I was only 20 years old and loved every moment. How can I not when I had costumed extras showing up with rifles and canons to work for free and play dead in the snow.
See SOLARISTIC and THE LAST MARCH along with some other great staff produced work Thursday, January 26 at 7 PM.
Venue: Whitsell Auditorium, located inside the Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Avenue