As promised last week, here’s part one of my news-y posts. Ok, so this is slightly old news as it technically launched in October, but I was between blogs at the time. Plus, I bet it’s completely new news to lots of you anyways, so at least pretend to be excited.
The main part of the project (Highrise) that I have been working on here and there with the National Film Board of Canada for the past couple of years has finally gone live @ http://highrise.nfb.ca. The piece is called Out My Window (OMW) and is currently the centrepiece of the Highrise project, which is “a multi-year, multi-media, collaborative documentary project about the human experience in global vertical suburbs.”
I have been working on this project with Kat Cizek and the NFB since January (I think?) of 2009. At the time she had just wrapped up her ‘Filmmaker in Residence’ project for the NFB at St. Michael’s hospital here in Toronto. Highrise was just an idea at the time and I was commissioned to shoot two small assignments (both seen on my site), which would become the proposal for the project. A temp site was created, a “prologue” trailer was posted and things moved forward. Around this time last year, I began shooting the Toronto pieces for OMW. There were some difficulties with the place that I first shot, so a month or two down the road I was again asked to shoot a new location/family for OMW. This is where I worked with Amchok, a Tibetan musician living in Parkdale, and his family. I visited Amchok several times while shooting his piece, including times when Kat was recording some sound bytes for the project. It was really neat to hear some of his stories explained, and really did give me a larger sense of attachment to the project. In the end, both spots that I shot made the cut, which makes me pretty happy.
I was also asked to do much of the post-production on the panoramic images, so it’s great to see them fully realized with all of the interactive pieces in place.
I’m also happy to report that the general response to the project has been very good, with positive reviews being seen in the Toronto Star, the Vancouver Sun as well as various places all over the blogosphere (they can all be seen here). I think it’s the first time I’ve had a photo in the paper in like 3+ years.
I suppose the pressure is on me now to compile everything for a new gallery on my site. I’m still not sure exactly how I’m going to present everything since much of OMW is based on those panoramic collages, and a large percentage of the images were shot with the interactive piece in mind. I believe I’m going to focus on stronger single images (much like I did with the first two projects) and present it as a slideshow gallery, rather than showing the collages. Sort of a different view on the same project. Like DVD extra features. Yeah.
Anyways, here’s to hoping the project continues to grow and evolve. I’m excited to see what comes next.