I've been a choreographer for about 12 years. I've worked on small experimental dance and theatrical projects in New York and San Francisco. My creative voice has often been described as "cinematic." But for much of that time, to me, my work felt incomplete.
In 2013, I discovered film. My work has already been described as stunning, and original. It has garnered attention from industry professionals, and been an audience favorite at film festivals. I've been encouraged by many to continue to develop my voice as a film artist, and your support will help me do just that.
Why is this project important? Quake was originally a site-specific dance performance piece inspired by geophysics. When it was first performed in December 2012, it shook audience members deeply; for many it was a moving, emotional work.
After seeing performance photographs of this work taken by Kate McKinley, I knew that there was a new layer of information that could be captured only by the camera. It seems a natural progression to transform this piece of choreography into dance film, and this project does just that. It also allows me to continue in this new artistic direction and brings a sense of completion to my work.
Help me continue in this new artistic direction, and support the creation of my second film. I'm going to re-imagine Quake as a short dance film. Using the choreography as the raw material, I will re-work and restructure it into a short, experimental film: a rite of passage. It will be enigmatic, visually captivating, and meditative - a departure from the comedic nature of my first film. Trust me on this - experimentation is a good thing.
What is exciting and new about this project?
In my second film, there will be a lot of "firsts:"
- I will be working with lighting designer Dave Robertson; this is the first time I've used theatrical lighting for film.
- For the first time, I will have a Director of Photography, Kate McKinley. She will help me with lens selection, shoot over half of the project, and will also work with me closely in post-production.
- Kate and I will shoot with two cameras, using the Canon 5D Mark III. This camera is a vast upgrade from the previous camera I used to shoot Steadfast Body, Marshmallow Heart (an Olympus Pen Mini II).
- I will have a team of three awesome, dedicated production assistants (Jenni Bregman, Winnie Chien and Mariana Olvera), who will greatly smooth the shoot process along with their large quantities of awesomeness.
- I'm using the original sound art of JT Bullitt for this film. An east-coast sound artist, Bullitt has transformed earth sounds into a meditative soundscape that we used first as inspiration for the performance piece, and now for film. Check his work out, he's pretty cool: http://www.jtbullitt.com
My goals are to challenge myself technically, to further explore my visual style, and to expand my knowledge about filmmaking through practice.
Funds raised will cover the following expenses:
- Lighting Design
- Artist Fees
- Production team costs
- Location permits
- Equipment rental costs
- Space rental
- Craft Services
- Travel expenses (for an outdoor shot)
- Production supplies
Meet the Artists!
Kate McKinley (Director of Photography) develops secure software in order to fund her image-making habits. You can see some of her work at https://sigkate.photoshelter.com.
Katharine is a San Francisco based dancer & choreographer who likes to watch thinking bodies in motion. She has performed with Hope Mohr Dance, Liss Fain Dance, Sharp & Fine, and Ledges and Bones, among others. www.khawthorne.net
Stacey Swan is a performer, yoga instructor, and arts educator who is thrilled and humbled to be a part of Erin Malley's film adaptation of Quake. She has performed in many works throughout the Bay Area with collaborators Macklin Kowal, Minna Harri, Cara Rose DeFabio and the Riley Project. http://www.staceyswan.com
Since receiving her M.F.A. in Dance from Mills College in 2008, dancer/choreographer Daria Kaufman has been creating and performing works throughout the Bay Area. She is currently catalyzed by nuance, simplicity, and empty space. http://dariakaufman.wix.com/dance
I'm asking for your support so that I can continue to develop my art practice in this new way. Most grants available to artists at my level are primarily intended for live performances; the work I do right now is not fundable by government or foundation grants.
I'm excited and inspired by this new direction, and I look forward to continuing down this road with you. Please join me in my exciting journey into film!
Risks and challenges
A portion of the shoot is already completed, but we still have two more days of shooting remaining which will take place in February 2014. With your help, I aim to have the piece complete by May 2014. I feel confident that I'll be able to finish in this time period, since I created my first film start-to-finish in 12 weeks.
If I raise $10,000 here on Kickstarter, I will create a second film - a parody of Quake - starring Dolly (star of "Steadfast Body, Marshmallow Heart"). It's a fun challenge for us both.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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