The Unexpected inspiration of Matthew Barney: Moving Forward

I’ve had quite a bit of inspiration lately, I guess that comes with all the things that happen in life.

Recently I have decided to expand the Ophelia project that I have been working on for a final project in my Experimental Cinematography class. As we were discussing it in class my professor pointed out to me that my idea and visual is similar to Matthew Barney. Which is really interesting to me because four years ago I would have laughed at that. But now I think that is so awesome. I’ve been watching his work and getting really excited about costume and set ideas.

I have this small black box to work in but I really think I can suspend reality and create a surreal working space in a short amount of time. It’s really quite exciting.

I think I need to write more about it but that will come this weekend.

I also have been working on this project in my Sensors class that is dealing with desire. Soldering a final project is stressful but I am glad I have my friend helping me out on it. It should be pretty great, visually at least. That’ll be posted later.

Poor Ophelia: When you’re excited about editing footage

Here’s a song I love and a video with it that incorporates my favorite things: water and black & white film.

This video really inspired me to push my film further and realize that maybe I don’t have to work in graphic design because I’m pretty decent at film editing, colouring, and such. I highly suggest the film “Frances Ha,” it is a great coming of age piece that really captures a lot of different emotions, with some excellent angled shots. Very much in the category of Beginners.

Yesterday I shot for my next project. I love the process of shooting and setting up lighting for the scene. Probably should do that in my life but for now I’ll make cool art pieces.

I am slightly obsessed with Hamlet’s Ophelia. The iconic painting of her floating in the water is haunting in a beautiful way. She is also fabricated by the patriarchy that she is surrounded by. Her actions watched, and looked upon by this society. I wanted to play off this idea by use of advertisements. Many magazines are just ads for the viewer to look at and feel desire. No matter what the product, it is often over sexualized and a body image that is impossible to reach. Mainly because it is PhotoShopped. I know this because I have PhotoShopped my face and I don’t even look recognizable; and I just changed the size of my lips and erased my skin.

Thus, I wanted to have this “Ophelia” fabricated by our society. I created a pool of water with magazine pages ripped out and made this interesting environment. I still have to edit the footage and of course add sound via Shakespeare but I thought I would share my production.

We used the RED Epic. We are actually in the process of getting a RED Dragon which is super exciting since I will be using the same camera that Gone Girl was shot on. But anyways. I’ll be putting the footage into RED CineX to color the RAW footage then into Final Cut Pro X (even though I’m not a huge fan of it) and working from there with editing my sound an such.

Here’s a still from the shoot.

Still from Ophelia