I haven’t blogged in so long that I almost forgot my password. And this is what happens to me sometimes – in particular this year; where I am in the midst (the deep tunnels) of several different kinds of projects that seem to start out in a very traditional Capricorn-like format. BUT for some reason, as life does – takes a turn and things change…and well, here we are in August with several projects on the go. I will blame it on the year of the unpredictable Water Dragon…
My summer days have been filled with animating – more specifically rotoscoping (tracing every frame of a pre-shot video) and in the middle and sometimes end of a short film called Shiro Yagi. The film uses the found music of my late maternal grandfather as a starting point of several interweaving narratives and sites of memory. In this very final stage it has really become a process of suturing together images and stacks of drawings. It is even more comparative and closer to the actions of painting. The layering of textures and tones. I had not imagined I would focus so much time on a single image that would later become an assemblage of moving images that will very quickly speed by in front of our eyes.
The film has gone through several phases over the last few years and I’ve had the pleasure of working with some fantastic collaborators including Antoine Bédard, Takeo Yamashiro , mimi’s ami, Catrina Megumi Longmuir, Asa Mori, Maiko Bae Yamamoto, James Long, James Proudfoot, a great Japanese Canadian line dancing team, and more. And of course, my mother, several family members and friends who’ve stood in for the characters that appear in the animation.
I’m completing this film as part of the Cineworks LAIR (local artist in residence) program. You can find me down at the Cineworks Annex -plugging away – come knock and visit; but bring a snack, please. The finished work will be screened October 6th! But a small installation version of it will be shown as part of SWARM September 7th from 8pm-11pm at the studio. Don’t miss out!
Here are some of the ‘behind-the-scene’ and in-process stills from the production. As we lead up to October I promise to blog more about the details and my process.