With "Music Box," we wanted to create a film that turns the traditional process of music video making on its head. Rather than starting with a song and making a video to accompany it, we wanted both the music and the visuals to evolve together organically. More than that, we wanted to explicitly demonstrate the way the music was created: the visuals unfold entirely from the sounds themselves, showing the process of harvesting and layering those sounds into rhythms and melodies. And we always jump at the chance to spend weeks of long-hour days together in a hot, stuffy room.
"Tales of Mere Existence: A Few of my Highschool Teachers" - Levni Yilmaz
"This is the abridged story of life on earth, as told through the medium of walking fingers. I've always been fascinated by this story, and since the future is now in our own hands, it made sense to illustrate it in such a way."
"Dahlia" is the result of a controlled chaotic filmmaking approach. It began with a technique I'd been developing in my previous films, in which images are repositioned in post-production to stabilize on subjects within the frame-- i.e. buildings, sidewalk cracks, or flowers. With this end result in mind, I set out to explore San Francisco with a still camera, finding all sorts of great patterns and incidental rhythms on which to turn the lens. Through this process I discovered that the camera itself becomes a dynamic character when set free to explore the world.
Pretty Dead is an homage to the labyrinthical narratives of film noir. I wanted to reduce a feature's worth of story to a montage of constant surprise. A bigger story is implied, but the details of the narrative are left to the viewer's imagination. I've been calling it a Faux Noir film. The animation technique is hand drawn rotoscope from public domain period films and material I shot for this film. It required over three thousand water color paintings to create. The music was composed and performed by Shay Lynch. We talked a lot about Bernard Herman's scores and this track has a ghost of him in it's flavor.