We all have experienced, especially in our childhood, recreating or imagining stories based on a visual. Some of us grow up to be photographers and not only learn to tell stories through images of our own creation but also sharpen those “image reading” talents we had as kids.
With the “ICONIC” film series we experimented with what could be called “devised film” - the equivalent to devised theater - with an “iconic” photograph from a movie as point of departure. I also wanted to leave room for the audience’s own imagination and interpretation so, I chose mostly photographs from the works of Master Filmmakers from around the world whose films were not in English.
It was also my intention with these films to further explore translating the theatrical Sensory-Somatic language into film and, isolating and at times contrasting, the different components of this language. There was no synced-sound (dialogue) in the films and the voice-over were recorder in the language of the original film - from where the photograph came from - and, for the most part, totally unrelated to whatever narrative we have devised for the film.
“ETT ANDRA SKINN” and “EROE IN SITUAZIONI RISCHIOSE”, the two films from this series shot in New York City have not yet been edited nor released but, like many other projects I will be sharing with you on this site, they continue to be a source of inspiration for me - and hopefully for you - and they have provided me with a wealth of insights on “devised experimental film” - not to mention some beautiful images you will be bale to appreciate throughout this site.
Perhaps the main lesson learned from these experiments is the fact that “devised film”, like “devised theater” is all about following our impulses and the creative process so, the end “product”, if there’s any, might not be what you have initially envisioned. Somewhere along the line we have lost the “devising talents” we had as children when we just follow the impulses and never expected a particular outcome to our stories. Only if we recover this lost ability we’ll be able to appreciate the process of creation and learn from it.
As a photographer, I always tell people that the taking of a photograph marks the end of that creative process and retouching or doing any other further work on that image, is a complete different process … another creation, if you will. This concept in my photography work is very clear to me - it has been all my life - so I’m always searching to extend this idea to my other creative work.
The experiment I’m trying to initiate with this website is to present the findings, photos and the raw videos from this projects as “finished accounts of the initial process” so hopefully, “these” will act as impulse, trigger or score for a completely new creative process.
TO BE CONTINUED