This video is for my beginners to see how important it is to adapt ourselves to the diverse opportunities society offer us artists using sometimes the most unexpected ways. A couple of months ago I worked in this film: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=aCuh7GT-sfs (Walking with Angels) and one of my paintings plays an important roll in the film; I had to modify the painting to adapt it to the film needs. In this short video you can see part of the process and techniques I used to modify my painting without damaging it. I used collage and acrylic to change the main character of my painting into a transparent angel. By the way you can see this painting in more details on my website: http://www.hmartstudio.com on the the tab that says: ‘about me’and also this description: “Kuculcan is a priest, and also a god from the Maya mythology in Central America. In this painting he is depicted on the streets of New York City, and he is selling some of his sacred symbols, in order to survive,it seems to me that he is an illegal immigrant.
You can also watch the trailer of the movie “Walking with Angels” here:
The background relates to the Maya culture (hieroglyphs), and the posters and graffiti relate to the arrival of the Spaniards to America, and to the legend of Kuculkan, also known as Quetzalcoatl”.
Times are changing, walking with angels, and using light on a film are normal things.
Well, I worked in a film as Art Director a couple of months ago. The Film location was Long island, and we spent a whole week there completely involved in all the technicalities and dynamic relationship of about 20 different artist working together with a common goal; Make this project the best we have ever made..!
Of course creativity has to make concessions to the technical aspect of the film. And I mean so many technicalities; we run out of recording cards for the sound, lost battery power in a camera, the dolly was no functioning right (it was making noises) we lost power…and we were faraway from everywhere, we had our cars though. To make it short, I had to adapt one of my dearest paintings to be part of the film, for the director is very involved in the Mayan culture and when he realized that I use the Mayan glyphs to write hidden messages on my paintings (I suspect the director is Mayan) he asked me about modifying my painting, and as they say “the rest is history”.
Times are changing, walking with angels, use of light on a film to create the right mood.
In the past I worked as Art director with Marta Bautis here in New York City, and the video title is: “Home is Struggle” which won First Prize at the San Antonio Film and Video Festival in 1991, and has been screened within other places at the -Weather Spoon Art Museum- you can check it out here:
and recently, this year I took a class in screenwriting to apply it to my videos, and somehow everything I learned has always been a good investment for it helps me to grow as a human being; those two experiences, working as art director and studying screenwriting are helping me now to address my art students at
http://www.freeartlessonsforbeginners.com and they can watch in this video an excerpt of the process my painting went through to serve the common goal of the film. I have to say the experience was beautiful and everything in general was good. For me the most important lesson was to find out that there were many artists from different fields working together in harmony, surrounded by positive energy and love while working in a project which main goal was to help each other in this difficult era. I hope you like this video and the trailer of Walking with Angels