Every now and then while producing for The Banff Centre, an opportunity comes up to work on something outside of the usual, something free and artistic. Resources are often limited with these projects, and it becomes an exercise in making the maximum possible with the least available. For example, when I worked on a music video for Jill Barber’s The Poem Song. I had 24 hours after meeting Jill to come up with a concept and prepare for the half-day shoot. It was tight, so I had to think instinctively about the visuals, follow my gut, and be a little daring. Jill had asked for something experimental, personal, and unique to the location, but other than that, all of the inspiration came from the music.
For the shoot, Tory Kendal, the videographer, and I filled the Hemingway Studio with as many lights as we could pull up the icy service road and worked with a Canon 7D and a vintage lens to get a nostalgic feel. Working with Sasha Stanojevic, the lead animator, we designed the inkblot effects and set about filming food dyes and bleach on various papers for the transition effects. One of the parts I really enjoyed with this video was making the drawings. It’s always been a part of my artistic practice and it’s been the foundation of my path into video.
This project was an unusual challenge. I’m used to taking myself on a process of artistic discovery that requires experimentation and trial as a part of development, but to take a team and three vfx/motion graphics guys on a process like this is quite different. It required a lot of very open discussion, trust, and patience but in the end I think we were able to pull off a delicate and detailed piece of work. Take a look for yourself.
Edwin Hasler, is a UK-based filmmaker who was here at The Banff Centre during 2011-2012 doing a work study residency as video producer with our Film & Media department. Singer / songwriter Jill Barber was here in early 2012 for a creative residency in our Leighton Artists’ Colony.