A behind the scenes look at the making of a short architecture film. I commissioned this project – a collaboration with Trent Bell Photography – to introduce a little creative friction in my life and architecture practice. I’ve been thinking about making a documentary film for a long time and this was the year I decided it was time to stop talking about it and make it happen.
Along the way I learned the importance of story and script, how to craft an emotional narrative, how to collect and compose stunning visuals and I expect there’s even more ahead as we edit and turn our ideas into reality. This short vlog catalogues the two-day shoot.
The process indulged my curiosity about film-making and forced me to engage and learn from other professionals with far more experience than I in story-telling and film production.
This project was treated like everything in my architecture practice: as an experiment and it proved to be a wellspring of new ideas and approaches; exceeding my expectations.
Architecture takes a long time to make. In this way, the short film is a much more immediately gratifying creative outlet. I’d encourage all architects, students and fans of architecture to experiment with it in practice. If you ask similar things of your architecture that you do of a film you may find some surprising inspiration and outcomes.
My deepest thanks to Elise DeRosa for helping me find the story amongst a sea of ideas. To Corey for all his technical support, his keen eye for detail and for fearlessly facing the ravenous bugs here. And, special thanks to Trent for his expert vision and relentless drive to get things aesthetically perfect. I so enjoyed working with you.
I’m excited to share the finished product with all of you shortly. Stay tuned and thanks as always for sharing and supporting my work.
// GEAR I USE //
* Canon 70D:
* Canon 24mm f2.8 Lens:
* Canon 40mm f2.8 Lens:
* Rode VideoMic Pro (hotshoe mtd.):
* ATR-2100 USB (dynamic mic):
* Prismacolor Markers:
* Timelapse Camera:
* AutoCAD LT:
* SketchUp PRO:
* HP T120 Plotter:
* Adobe CC Photography (Photoshop/Lightroom) Plan:
* Architect + Entrepreneur Startup Toolkit:
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