I had a box full of expired 35mm film - Fujicolor 200 that had expired in 2009 and I had been wanting to use it. I decided that this was the project and set about coming up with an idea to suit.
I didn't want to make something that was about the individuals involved, I wanted to speak in generalities. So... I wanted to go for a Francis Bacon type blur when-ever we saw the actors faces.
Would the film be unpredictable give it's age and the fact I had been (purposefully) storing it above a radiator on a shelf for the past year or so? Yes. Did I care? Not so much.
Personally I love a grainy image that seems like it's so frail it's ready to disintegrate at any moment. It gives the individual frames a greater emotion weight in some strange way I feel.
The End Result?
1,476 frames of nicely gnarly, pleasantly grainy 35mm film stills shot at a slow shutter speed to give a sense of motion and movement. I shot between 1/10th to 1/25th whenever motion was involved.
Basically we had a stop motion video on our hands.
I've included some stills from the set below & below that some screengrabs from the Work In Progress.
Very excited to be presenting this to the world next week.