Though it shines brightly before our eyes, a star flickers as it dies...
Once upon a time, the daughter of a famous Hollywood animator fell in love with an artist with whom she thought she had found her place in the sun...While visiting her father to tell him of this man of her dreams, she learns more about the mysterious star who burnished her father's career. When she returns to her beloved artist's studio, she is surprised to find she's been cast out of his picture. But, how do you compete with the biggest star in The System: The Sun...?
PRODUCTION DATES : July 12-September 21, 2012
HARDWARE USED: Canon C300, Canon 5D Mark II, iPad3
SOFTWARE USED : Final Cut Pro, After Effects
LOCATIONS: Los Angeles & Wrightwood, CA, USA
MEDIA AVAILABLE : HD digital files, DVD NTSC & PAL, and others upon request
DIRECTOR'S NOTE : I have long been fascinated with the iconic worship of celebrities, but how sadly, famous artists themselves often cannot cope with the attention their fame brings. I'd done a photoplay for photographer Ashley West Leonard in the summer of 2011 where I played a tragically self-abusive celebrity. Although I'm far from “famous”, I thought it would be interesting to use her images and repurpose some of my past film clips to create a world in which my most recent character creations (Maribelle, Daddy and Beau) had back stories involving characters I had created for myself, but who were played by this film's fictional movie star, “Marie Badu”.
“Found Objects” is also greatly influenced by one of my all-time favorite paintings, "Le tentative de l'impossible" by Rene Magritte. In it, a self-portrait of Magritte is painting a three-dimensional “ideal woman” who is perfectly proportioned and whose placement in the frame completely balances the picture. To me, it is one of the most honest expressions ever created by an artist. We constantly struggle to create and control our own worlds, using our art forms to comment on life (love, family, commerce, politics, society, et.al.); but then, we sometimes find it difficult to face ourselves when life comments on us.
In a fairy tale vein, I set up the simple story of an innocent young artist's model in Los Angeles trying to tell her very successful Hollywood Studio-based animator father that she has fallen for an impoverished blowtorch artist who paints with fire. At the end of the film, she is heartbroken when she finds that she's been cast out of a piece they were working on together. But, how does one compete with the biggest star in The System: The Sun?
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