One of the last films I made of my sophomore year of college was meant to be a documentary project (I don’t remember the exact assignment, but at that point it didn’t really matter). Mind you, this was when my school had gone completely bankrupt and had, for all intents and purposes, closed down and so this was also looking like it’d be the last film I’d ever make at CSF. So I decided to make a documentary on carpet. I also wanted to merge this documentary with my own growing form of non-linear story-telling to create something as scattered as the square patterns on the floor. Let’s take a look at what I did, shall we:
So that’s that. The reason I chose this carpet, if you didn’t catch it, is that it was not only something unique to the school (the place) but it was also a suitable enough anachronism to fully capture every bit of my time in New Mexico and at the College of Santa Fe. To the extent of capturing a time and place, I’d say the film is a success. To the extent of capturing a bit of what makes this carpet so interesting, I’d say it does half of the job. Having three people talk somewhat confusedly I’d say sort of captures the confusion of it, and the movement over the carpet was a good idea in theory. However, once again, my tendency to play fast and loose with color correction sort of ruined the psychedelic scheme of the flooring, which is one of the things that makes it most interesting (I’m also not sure if I was sold on white balancing yet. I am now, don’t worry). The sound also sounds rather muffled, and I’m pretty sure it has to do with my technical lack of understanding (this is just one step in the journey that showed me its better to work with a crew of people who knew what they were doing, rather than alone). It’s still a neat piece, and currently its the last documentary I made (though there are some others I’d like to make eventually), and after returning to CSF I was told that many people thought this documentary should be required viewing (and I’d also say that the larger and more immersive you can get this piece, the more spectacular it will be).