Thursday, April 13, 2006

validation for celibacy (Touching the Balance)

Originally uploaded by symbiopsychotaxiplasm.

so I've been out of the vlogging loop for a while because I've been shooting many films for school, and I finally have something to show for it. Touching the Balance, inspired by the short story What I Saw From Where I Stood by Marisa Silver (included in her collection Babe in Paradise). Starring the talented Lauren Currie Lewis, soon to be seen in the Sundance smash, Salvage and Riah Bourne. For more in-depth criticisms, email me at Click here to watch


Blogger Dooser said...

The music in the beginning is an excellent match.

You definitely have your own style of camera movement/placement, which is awesome.

Almost all shots I'm noticing are handheld, was this done intentionally for effect?

Sometimes I wish I could just blow up due to the emotional pressure.

I think it's a major flaw in women to deny one's caring for them when they obviously want/need it most. I think you expressed this idea of denying the care very well.

To me the removal of the bandages represents the guy saying 'this is me. i'm showing you. now show me you.'

I think I had a dream like this last night.

The resolution is the best part. Though I think it takes a bit to get there; I wasn't really sure where you were taking us.

Great work.

7:37 AM  
Anonymous Audrey said...

I'm a friend of Justin Rice and I've been watching your stuff for a while now. I really liked this and thought I would tell you. :)

8:21 PM  
Anonymous Tina said...

Hey beautiful! You know how much I love your work so of course I adore this piece.

I thought the removal of the band-aid was more of a symbolic "I've healed from this tragedy, you should too".

Some shots, I wish it were more steady to give it a more serious tone.

The blind lady was very hard to believe. She seems too rapid in her movements. And a blind person's cane is supposed to have a red tip. Don't think that I'm being a bitch, this is why my specialty is script supervising, darling.

I love the music. I love you! Call me as soon as you're done with all your exams!

10:45 PM  
Anonymous Tina said...

Oh and the lighting. I always have issues with lighting... but if I go on you'll hate me for life and you're supposed to marry me for Hollywood scandal and tax benefits someday!

11:01 PM  
Blogger french/new/wave/nerd said...

the incident with the blind woman is something that actually happened to me a couple months ago and what was striking was that she was such a loud figure with a broomstick and not the typical wand with that specific tip. There was this eccentricity on the other side of that blindness and the film is about vibrant life on the other side of despair. -the lighting throughout the apartment is sickly and dim, because this woman is essentially creating a womb for herself, she is manifesting herself into the child she lost.

4:11 PM  
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5:44 PM  
Anonymous Jess said...

You know I love your work! You are what I want to be getting to know you this year has had a great impact on my life

No matter what anyone said in class or what litwin said or anyone on here (not that i have read any from your final) You truly are a great film maker can't wait to see more of your work in the years to come

This movie was amazing i loved it so much and i know i have told you that before but really I can't stop watching it every time i see it i find some other symbolism the music goes so well and it has been stuck in my head for a lil over a week now! I feel like when i watch it i'm apart of it i can feel her pain ... and every movie has sex in it - I love you! u better still talk to me this summer good luck and great movie

2:39 AM  
Anonymous Jake R. said...

That song, "Nothing and Nowhere", so good.

9:51 PM  
Anonymous Joanna Murray said...

well, i must say a few things about this movie. first of all, i love the way you approach the world. you isolate one seemingly mundane idea or object and weave it throughout your entire plot line. for example, the flowers, the milk, the crumpled sonogram... don't even get me started! i also loveeeee the music: gorgeous, evocative, stirring. The variety of camera angles is what really makes your work stand out. I can look at all your films and recognize your touch... truly amazing to have such character at such a young age. keep it up, i will keep watching. bravo darling: kisses:joanna

3:46 PM  
Anonymous not david guglielmo... said...

Jess, have you ever heard of a period? It looks like this --> .

I know it is nothing more than a little dot, but people usually use them to break up sentences.

7:37 PM  
Anonymous McGiver Penn said...

I'd just like to tell you we analyed your movie in our high school film class as our final exam. Beautiful work!

6:03 PM  

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