These are projects I either directed or conceived and put together myself.
This Arduino-based project was an effort to explore a different use of the microprocessor as the core of a physical installation. Taking advantage of my background in electrical work and cinematic lighting design, I combined it with creative inspiration from nature-based science fiction like James Cameron’s Avatar and the novel Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer. What I ended up with is this lighting fixture that both provides a soft, warm ambience as well as glows with a subtle, living light. I hope to continue work on this project and eventually add dynamic lighting effects based on external sources.
Mysterious Ways is a short film that I wrote, co-produced, directed and edited as my undergraduate thesis project. The film was shot on 16mm film and edited on a Steenbeck editing bed.
This project was truly a culmination of everything I had learned about film and about myself while an undergrad. It offered me an opportunity to have influence in every aspect of the project to present the exact narrative and emotional arc I had envisioned. And it also taught me some hard lessons in writing and editing which have had implications in all of my work since.
This short video is the first in what I hope to be a “mockumentary” series showing the exploits of an Arduino-based robot I have created. While the videos themselves are staged, the robot is genuinely programmed to be interactive, reacting to changing light conditions.
This project is my first real attempt to pair Arduino-based physical computing with my video background, and I am looking forward to hopefully dramatically expanding this kind of work in the future. It is also meant to play with ideas of reality vs. fiction through my straight-faced presentation of the video on the Instagram platform.
Below is the text from the Instagram post itself.
"Ever since I started working on this Arduino robot, unexplainable things have been happening in my room just outside of my field of view. Beginning to fear that I had given life to something truly insidious, I set up this camera to see what I could not. Last night I returned to find this footage revealing my robot is not in fact a malicious being, it's actually just an asshole."
Taking video I shot while traveling in Puerto Rico, I cut it to look and feel like footage found on an old, rediscovered VHS tape. To complete this illusion I posted it initially on Instagram under that 'found footage' pretext, creating a light-hearted illusion of false reality.
These videos were some of my first explorations of fictional media presented as non-fiction, and I find blurring that boundary consistently fascinating in a way I hope to continue to explore.
Below is the text from the three separate Instagram posts:
1 - "So while I was home for Thanksgiving, I dug up the VHS tapes from the Puerto Rico vacation @spambarth and I took back in 1997. I'm gonna be uploading some of my favorite clips over the next couple of days. I'm sorry for the quality, the tapes were in pretty rough shape. This clip is from when we rented a scooter and went tandem for a few days!"
2 - "Here is another video from the VHS tapes I dug up recently documenting the vacation @spambarth and I took to Puerto Rico back in 97. In this one we discovered a sweet tower in the middle of the rainforest with a #sickview!"
3 - "This has to be my favorite clip that I discovered on the VHS tapes of my Puerto Rico vacation with @spambarth . Again I apologize for the quality, but when the footage was shoot nearly 20 years ago, you can't really expect much more I guess. In this one, Sam and I try various techniques to open a coconut we pulled from a tree right on the beach!"
I wrote and directed the short film "You’re Fired" for an undergraduate production course. This was shot on 16mm reversal stock and edited on a Steenbeck editing bed.
I've included this video because it offers another example of my use of humor, and to a lesser extent ideas of technology and science fiction, within a project I wrote and directed.
This is a music video I directed, shot and edited for the local Philadelphia band Lucy Spacehead.
This was another fun project that offered the opportunity to create some beautiful visuals along with an intriguing narrative within the confines of music video conventions.