Flattened Tribes

I know some gray haired dudes in the industry that talk about the good ol’ days when budgets apparently flowed like water out of some magical unending spring. Then they come to today and have nothing but complaints about how the industry changed, their dollars are short and their backs are definitely sore.  I used to wave off that notion that business in the creative arts world was that bad.  Then I look back at my body of work and realize I was a walking breathing compromise when it came to budgets and client expectations. However I am a firm believer that limitations churn creativity. Can’t afford that $10K dollie shot…build a dollie. Need some CG but can’t afford Maya…learn Blender.

So I was presented with an interesting production challenge in creating another trailer for The Studio Theatre. I had 30 minutes of actual filming time in a 2 hour session to use a play’s actors due to union rules. If you have ever worked in production, that is not a lot of time to do anything. So instead of using a video camera, I went to a trusty still camera. Shoot some hi-res tableau shots of the actors and then “fix it in post”.

Well it was not really a fix that happened in post but rather the bulk of the creative process happened there in front of my computer rather than in live motion. Out of several still shots selected by the theatre, I cut and pasted the characters and made something frenetic to showcase some of the show’s themes. Not too shabby!