I shot the sessions on two camera's, a Sony HVR-Z1E and a Sony HVR-Z5E, both in SD 25p mode. The sound was recorded into the HVR-Z1E from two Neumann KM-143 microphones. Lighting was primitive, but effective.
Editing was done during the nights and on two additional days afterwards. Not all sessions are online yet, but hang in there and we'll get them all up here!
published by Marcus Moonen on Sun, 12/02/2012 - 17:27
Update Don't you just long for summer, when it's this cold? =)
It's been some time since I've updated the blog, that's because I've been very busy over the last months. In my regular life, I have a job and in October, that job changed. I now have to travel up to 4 hours every day back and forth from work. It's a fun job, but the traveltime kills me (and much of the things I plan to do).
I haven't yet found a good solution for mobile blogging to Drupal, so as long as that's not possible, the updates to the site will be sporadic, probably... However... That does not been that I haven't been filming. No sir. Let me tell you what's going on.
The Space Between In my last post I talk about the auditions for our new short film The Space Between. Well, after a few more rounds of auditions we've finally managed to cast all the actors for the film. We needed three male and two female actors, preferably from various countries, to make it an international cast. Well, we succeeded in that! We have actors from Ireland, the United States, the Netherlands and Brazil.
Up first is a last overhaul of the script, writing the shooting script and then rehearsals can start. I hope we'll be able to start rehearsals in March and I would love to start photography in May at the latest. Not that there's really a rush, but I'm excited to get started on this. I'll keep you posted!
Distel Promo My friend Distel asked me to shoot a promo for his upcoming Ultra performance. I loved his idea for the promo, so one Sunday afternoon we set up in my bathroom and started shooting. Strobe lights, a TV set to white noise and a part of the stagedesign used by my old band IndusTree were all packed into the tiny bathroom. Have a look at the result here:
Zeno & Rodèlle Zeno van den Broek, a soundsculptor and visual artist, for whom I've previously filmed one of his performances, has asked me to help him with a new art project, where he will present his paintings. He's asked me to film the paintings and make it an almost tangible experience. I was excited at the concept, so I told him I'd do it. Unfortunately real life got in the way a bit and we haven't yet had time to discuss details, but I'm hoping that we will soon be able to make some plans.
In the last couple of months I have been talking to another artist and sometime collaborator of Zeno's, Robert Rodèlle. Robert and I have been discussing doing a musicvideo for one of his tracks for quite some time now, but unfortunately we haven't yet had the chance. I consulted on his latest musicvideo (see below) and since we've been talking about what we want to do for his next video.
There's an idea floating around to push the boundaries of decency as we might let ourselves be inspired by one of Marquis de Sade's lesser known works. I'm really excited about the prospect of working with Robert on this. Hopefully we'll be able to find time this summer. Have a look at Robert's latest musicvideo:
Last thoughts I've been talking to my friend Marko Martens about entering a film into a national filmcompetition, mainly because I want to work with him on a project. We're not there yet, but I'll keep bugging him.
My friends from Hong Kong, Robot Entourage, are working on a Zombie film, for which they've asked me to do the soundtrack. I've asked my friend Distel to help out and one of the tracks is close to completion. I'm still waiting to see the footage (and frankly to find some time) to start on the rest of the soundtrack. I've seen stills and from what I can tell it'll look amazing. I'll see if I can show you a still sometime soon.
Last night I submitted two videos to the Vimeo Awards competition. Unfortunately I couldn't submit Heroes for Ghosts, because it was too long. I did enter these though: in the category "experimental" I entered my sci-fi short 9 and in the category "music video" I entered Distel - onde, the promo I shot which you can see above. So fingers crossed and wish me luck! =)
Well, that's it for now. I still plan to do a series of articles on the shooting of the Heroes for Ghosts musicvideo, so watch out for that. Now I'm off to enjoy my Sundayevening!
published by Marcus Moonen on Thu, 13/01/2011 - 02:19
First of all: Happy New Year everybody! =)
Recently I had gotten an assignment from my art academy to shoot a short film about a specific space. Which is not an easy thing to do, because you have to have an inspirational space, you have to have physical access to the space and of course, permission to film there. After some deep thought and rummaging in my memory for a suitable spot, I remembered the parking garage I'd park my car in sometimes.
I have a fascination with empty spaces and I'm a big fan of science fiction. These two themes somehow always seem to blend together quite well. So one day as I was parking my car again, I thought I'd drive down to the bottom layer of the garage, to see if it was indeed empty as I'd suspected. What I found there was a world that gripped me immediately. I was entranced by the light, the symmetries and the space.
Next day, I had my still cam with me (a Nikon D3000 with an 18-200mm lens on it) and I started taking some pictures to see if I could capture what was going on here, that made me feel like I was in an abandoned spaceship hurtling through the vast reaches of intergalactic space. The photo's turned out quite well, I thought. I had found my space!
During classes I'd convinced my teacher and colleagues that this was something worth pursuing and armed with my tripod, my Panasonic DVX100B camera and a warm jacket, I one late night drove into the garage and set up my gear.
At first I had a hard time capturing the images that conveyed this feeling of solitude and timelessness, but as I let go of the need and relinquished control, slowly the images I'd been waiting for started to come through my viewfinder.
Unfortunately I have been ill for a week or two and I haven't had much time or energy to work on this, nor on one of the other projects I'm working on. I did work on the sound-design for this film in the CausaliDox studio, adding sub-bass drones, hisses and clicks to conjure up an aural image of an abandoned spaceship.
The film's title will be "9" . The deadline for this project is next weekend. So I'll be posting the film online after that. That is if I don't decide to make another version that is less clean, than required by the academy. Anyway, I'll post it soon.
I've also been writing a plan for this film. It's a first draft of a film-plan, so it definitely can be improved upon. It is in Dutch, I'm afraid. Click on the PDF link below to open the document. Feedback welcome as always.
published by Marcus Moonen on Thu, 23/12/2010 - 16:27
I'm working on the videos for Hadewych and Machinist. They both performed last Saturday in Den Bosch in an old school next to the city's museum. As always the performances were haunting and beautiful!
I was there to film, hoping to create a document of the evening, but unfortunately not everything went as planned. Because of the very minimal amount of time I had to prepare and change positions during the change-over from one act to the next, I had barely time to set audiolevels and make sure everything was ready to go. The audio was not the best I've recorded. Also, someone accidentally (?) switched off one of the camera's during Hadewych's performance, so I unfortunately only have the handheld images.
Here is a screencap from both performances:
I was lucky enough that Machinist had his own recording device with him, with which he captured the audio for his performance, so I'll be able to mix that in with the ambient recording. Hadewych however was not so lucky, so I have only the low-quality on cam mic recording, which bums me out. I don't know what to do yet, but I'll discuss it with Peter J. Nijland to see what he wants to do with the footage.
I'll be working on the edits for the videos tonite in hopes of finishing them before Christmas.
published by Marcus Moonen on Sat, 11/12/2010 - 02:15
My friend Peter Johan Nijland is performing with his band Hadewych on December 18th 2010 in Den Bosch during MOL.
Hadewych conjures the ultragrotesque. As they put it themselves:
Music in its directness. Music that is true to itself as music. Non-conceptual music. Music that reveals being. Avant-garde music, ritual music, atmospheric aesthetics of old black metal, prepared piano music, 20th century composers (e.g. Cage, Scelsi), some ambient, some shoegaze, some art rock, some ultra.
Peter has asked me to help him create visual art for the Hadewych performance next Saturday. He's looking to bring the forest into the venue and use abstract images of body positions to accentuate the music. We'll be heading out to the forest to shoot the footage, one of my favorite places to be. And since I haven't had any time to be in a forest for a while now, I'm looking very much forward to working there with Peter this Sunday.
published by Marcus Moonen on Thu, 02/12/2010 - 04:33
After some misadventures trying to build a Wordpress site, I decided to give Drupal a try for my new website. I needed to upgrade the old static HTML site I'd built. It was quick, it was dirty and it was obsolete. A dinosaur. I needed something spiffy, SEO-savvy (meh, sorta ;) and easily manageable.
My good friend guaka introduced me to the wonderous world of Drupal and even encouraged me to dive into the beta release of Drupal 7. He has been building websites that range from sites about dumpster diving across the globe and creating The Hitchhiking Guide to a site for his family's Teak Furniture business. The learning curve was as steep as a Himalayan mountain and the concepts were hard to grasp at times, but I made it through somehow (and I couldn't have done it without guaka's help. A big thank you!).
I've been able to build a site that more than ever suits my needs, has a place for all the content I've been creating over the past years and will allow me to update frequently and painfree. And best of all... It's modular, so there's somewhere to go if the need arises.
Please check out my new site, for which I will be adding more content in the months to come. Also I hope to find time soon to tell you more about my music, my other great passion. When Drupal 7 will see its' official release I'll probably add more functionality. I see this webspace as a living, evolving entity that will grow with me, as I hopefully will grow as a filmmaker.