Voluntary Caesura, A Dance Film, Part II: Behind the Scenes
Continuing on from Part 1 of this post series, here in Part 2 I’m presenting some Behind the Scenes (BTS) images from four different filming days of Voluntary Caesura. Please consider supporting Coriolis Dance
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As mentioned earlier, most of the filming was done in two long days at the Great Hall in Greenlake, just north of Seattle: it is a beautiful, fantastic, open space with huge windows.
Each day we had the de rigueur professional call sheets and shot lists. As Josh’s beautiful, haunting cello soundtrack had already been recorded, the filming was to by synced to it, and no formal audio was being captured. This opened up many more possibilities for me, as I did not need to have a fully silenced camera (high end ‘mufflers’ for DLSRs are both expensive and awkward to use), nor really any silencing at all. Cainan Martens was especially generous, and briefed me on his camera moves and fields of view before each take: we could then coordinate either a place that I could shoot from, or a path I could move along with him during filming. Some of the ‘camera choreography’ was so dynamic that I HAD to move with him during the the take in order to stay out of the shot. In the full two days of filming at the Great Hall, I can count on one hand the number of times the shot required me to be entirely out of the room, and he was helpful and patient with my nearly constant shadowing. So my opportunities to photograph the team in action were many, with multiple takes of of each shot. As the hours went on of shooting, holding my fairly heavy camera to my eye, and trailing (sometimes very rapidly) about two steps behind Cainan, I occasionally found an opportunity to shoot from a seated position for a bit of rest. As we approached the end of each day, getting up off the floor seemed to take a LOT more time…. By the time we loaded out, getting home, uploading and backing up images, these were 12-14 hour days. Exhausting & exhilarating, and so much fun!