Design Lesson: Mood and ExperiencePart I – Soft and Warm

Wednesday, November 24, 2010 Design Lesson Research

I’m looking into making future event projects more interactive and, as part of my research, am investigating lighting technique, film and projection, and how they contribute to mood and atmosphere. For you: a collection of videos in two parts!

  1. Patiences – A short film produced, directed and photographed by Peter Wunstorf
  2. As a cinematographer, Peter worked with Ang Lee on Brokeback Mountain and is currently shooting a TV series in Vancouver. We were very fortunate to have Peter consult on the lighting for a photographic editorial we did this last August.

    Eve has gone to the cottage where their rendezvous take place.

  3. Days of Heaven – Terrence Malick
  4. When Peter and I were discussing the mood for the editorial, he suggested I look at this film. Much of the film was shot during magic hour…

    A euphemism, because it’s not an hour but around 25 minutes at the most. It is the moment when the sun sets, and after the sun sets and before it is night. The sky has light, but there is no actual sun. The light is very soft, and there is something magic about it. It limited us to around twenty minutes a day, but it did pay on the screen. It gave some kind of magic look, a beauty and romanticism.

    – Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography

    Though the film was set in Texas, the exteriors were shot in Whiskey Gap on the prairie of Alberta, Canada and a final scene shot on the grounds of Heritage Park Historical Village in Calgary.

  5. A Trip Down Market Street, 1906
  6. A 104 year old film clip of the view from a street car/cable car ride in San Francisco. The first 35mm film ever, I’m told!

    The accompanying track is Air’s La Femme D’Argent, from the Moon Safari album.

    It was taken by camera mounted on the front of a cable car. The number of automobiles is staggering for 1906. Absolutely amazing! The clock tower at the end of Market Street at the Embarcadero wharf is still there. How many “street cleaning” people were employed to pick up after the horses? Talk about going green!

    Great historical film! Watch the scampering as Joe Public race away from autos, horses, cable cars and bicycles.

    This film was originally thought to be from 1905 until David Kiehn with the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum figured out exactly when it was shot. From New York trade papers announcing the film showing to the wet streets from recent heavy rainfall, and shadows indicating time of year & actual weather and conditions on historical record, even when the cars were registered (he even knows who owned them and when the plates were issued!)…it was filmed only four days before the Great California Earthquake of April 18th 1906 and shipped by train to NY for processing. Amazing, but true!

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