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How Did You Film That? The most surprising experimental filmmaking techniques at FCFF 2021

by Asleysha

With the introduction of the Experimental Film category this year, there were some unique processes highlighted that were used to develop the films that we get to see on the big screen later this October. Here are FCFF’s 3 most surprising filming techniques in this category:

Vulture by Philip Hoffman  

To develop this film, Hoffman in a recent segment introduced by FCFF called Filmmaker to Filmmaker, described his process as unexpected. He used different kinds of flowers that were rubbed against the film causing distinctive textures. Hoffman also mentioned that from 2016 to 2018 the flower and plants were used as blooming occurred. Another fact is that in some cases the film was also left to soak in the dark for about 3 days. Stepping away from the common photochemistry adapted in mainstream cinema processes, he also used Vitamin C and washing soda as some of the ingredients in developing his film.
To know more about the techniques and concepts behind vulture watch this Filmmaker-to-Filmmaker talk with Charlie Egleston.
See Vulture at TAP Center for Creativity on October 21st at 6:30PM, followed by an artist roundtable with all of the filmmakers! Purchase tickets here.

Mappe of: The isle of Ailynn by Edward Platero  

In conversation with Platero, he mentioned how virtual reality has broadened the horizon of film for him. This is clearly presented in his film with its virtual experience, taking its audience through the journey of folkloric music in a digital realm. Lead artist Kristyn Watteroworth as Platero mentions, “Painted the island from a blank canvas in virtual/augmented reality”.
Mappe of: The Isle of Ailynn has been hand-painted from start to finish. To view an initial conceptual map, visit the folks behind the VR technology, EXAR Studios.
See Mappe of: The Isle of Ailynn at TAP Centre for Creativity on October 21st at 9:00PM! Purchase tickets here.

Projections by Xavier Wehrli  

This film presents a digital collage that never remains stagnant. The ever-changing mix media production of this film produces a unique take on animation. Surprisingly as Wehrli mentioned in a conversation “My first interactions with the production side of animation resulted in my experimentation of combining different filming techniques”.  The techniques uncovered in this film include Claymation overlayed on found footage and partially rotoscoped photographs.  
See Projections at TAP Centre for Creativity on October 23rd at 12:30PM! Purchase tickets here.

To see these techniques come to life, join us at the TAP Centre for Creativity on October 21st, 23rd, and 24th for the experimental film programs #9,#11,#19, and #25. You can also purchase tickets here: https://forest-city-film-festival.myshopify.com/.