The filming of the last segment of The Magic Box was of course, the most complicated yet. The difficulties came from the structure of the church itself. Part of the immersion into the world required that no windows or external light be present in the interior shots. That required all internal shots to be done on the GoPro, and more than that, our arms were to big and short to make clean shots possible so a rig had to be made for the camera to ride.
The rig was made from aluminum shower slide pieces we salvaged from Dionisio Metal and Iron. A mount for the camera made from scrap tin was mounted on to the slide and string was used to manipulate the camera inside the space. Gabe is testing the tension on the string in the image above, to insure the camera will move smoothly. Gabe produced this little video to show the rig in action.
For shots from the other angle, the structure of the building was built to come apart so that the larger camera we usually use could access the shots.
The result of these filming challenges was a video with a very singular feeling and texture, inadvertently giving the action inside the church the otherworldly quality we were hoping for. This does not become a linear solution that one might expect from a film with the intent of telling a story, rather the last piece conjures many questions and uncertainties that keeps the work firmly aligned with art, in-spite of the narrative structure that it follows.
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Here is is, video 3 of 4. With so much said about its making there’s not much needed here. Watch and enjoy, The Black Church is coming soon!
Every year we make the awards for the Pueblo 24 hour film festival in our home town Pueblo CO. This year we made a video to accompany the process. Rather than write about this one, I’ll let you watch.
The screening was this weekend and the entire event was very successful, with 25 entries and 18 films for judging. The big winners of the night were the makers of a film called “The Brighter Side”, Gabe and I were lucky to catch up with the winning team, Lyonman productions at the event to offer congratulations.
You can view the film here:
The festival is in its 7th year and is growing steadily, If you are interested in learning more or possibly entering a film next year, their website will fill you in of the details:
You can also watch the films from previous years at this address.
Though the video was completed in May, we have done very little to share and promote it beyond our Facebook circle. Preparing the work for our first major show entry has motivated us to begin sharing in earnest. Here we share the video and a brief artist statement that accompanies the work. If you are interested in learning about the project, we have blogged it extensively since October of last year.
Foxy-Wolff is an art collaborative featuring artists Gabe Wolff and Kate Fox. The focus of our work is in uniting the oldest forms of art (ceramic) with the newest (digital technology) into works that honor both history and craft tradition, while at the same time exploring contemporary life and culture in a thoughtful and meaningful way.
The Magic Box project is inspired by toys and explores the lives of ceramic figurines as the Magic Box influences them. Central to this work is a story of misplaced desire and addiction, and one squid’s attempt to save his relationship and understand his world.
The ceramic objects are central to a project that includes technology within, in the form of touch screen portable devices and technology without, in the form of a video that uses the house and its characters as the set and actors.
This video short is a preview of the latest Foxy-Wolff production titled Magic Box. Look for the full video coming soon.
These videos were also produced last year and are reposted here to consolidate hosting to the blog page. This art piece and group of videos were made for proof of concept for the ceramic as featured element in video idea that has become central to our work. There is much info on the production of these videos and this ceramic piece in earlier posts.
Since we have been focused on making the blog more complete, it made sense to upload the older videos straight to the page so our readers don’t have to hop around to see what we do. These videos were produced in the summer of 2013, shortly after moving our studio to the Key Stallion Station, where Gabe and I also work. Here is a tribute to our new home and the potential of our space. This was the beginning of true direction
If you have seen these, I apologize for the recycled content, If not, give them a look. The were shot entirely with cell phones and my camera work leaves much to be desired, but the videos are solid and worth watching.