Well, we did it!….we did it about 3 weeks ago, but we did it! ;)
On April 19th, Between Scenes filled The Icehouse with 250-300 people over the course of 4 hours; people who were curious to see how artists in the local film industry could create pieces of art that would allow them to see film in an entirely new way. People who were curious about how an art exhibition on filmmaking wasn’t showing any films. What on Earth would they see? Would it be a waste of their night? Does Phoenix even have a good film community? Isn’t that what LA is for? Well, at least there’s free wine.
When most people think of the art of filmmaking, they often describe the direction, script, character development, performances, score, and sometimes the overall visual elements, like how it was shot. The majority of audiences tend to forget about one thing – the rest of the crew. It’s not a long list of credits at the end for nothing. Even those who understand and value the work of the crew, still tend to think of the crew as a whole. Don’t get me wrong, anyone on set will tell you that they are “part of” the crew. You’re in this thing together – rain or shine, day or night, sleep or no sleep. They, themselves, identify as being one solid team, a family even.
But what we all tend to forget is that crew members are individual artists. Chances are, that’s what drew them to the art of filmmaking in the first place. They all appreciate the art of story-telling, and they all have their own unique way of doing so. Some choose fabrics, others choose light, some have a love for mixing materials, and the list goes on. The goal of Between Scenes is to provide an outlet for these artists to express themselves, using their craft, in a way they don’t normally have the chance to: without the confines of a script.
I could not have been more thrilled with the turn-out this year! Many of whom are currently in the industry, but I was pleasantly surprised to see quite a few faces of those not in the industry. Regardless of their involvement or knowledge of film, I hope that everyone left the show with a newfound perspective and appreciation for the work that is done on set between scenes….right here in Arizona. We have loads of talented individuals in this state or from this state, and we should take time to recognize them just as we do the films they work on.
For those who were not able to attend the show, below is a series of photos that I took throughout the night. Click here to see a special video, courtesy of attendee, John Stewart, highlighting the show and Pirate Grip & Electric, one of our artists & valued supporters. Without Pirate Grip & Electric, the show would have had a little less light. And by a little, I mean, a lot. Major thanks to owner and artist, Jarrod Wilson for all of his amazing support! And thank you, John for sharing this video with us!
The adorable and delicious cupcakes were made by one of our awesome volunteers, Ashley Guzman, in order to help celebrate the birthday of two beloved members of the Phoenix film community. This girl made 300+ mini-cupcakes, with the best looking frosting I ever did see. Thanks, Ashley!
And a huge thanks to the rest of our rad group of volunteers, who helped make the show come together at the last minute: Fabian Carrillo, Natalie Smith, Brittany Meyerhardt, Kate Murphy, David Levine, Linda Morrison and Cathleen Bates.
Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market supported the show by donating all of the seating used as lounge areas throughout the gallery. If vintage and repurposed furniture is your thing, you should definitely check them out! Their next Vintage Market will be in November and is not one to miss it!
Fresh popcorn and candy kept viewers from going hungry.
The installation piece below, by Jarrod Wilson of Pirate Grip & Electric, showed how you can create different lighting effects by incorporating certain elements, like wind, water, and nature.
Below, on the left, Talk Studios (oh hey, that’s me!) showed set photography from the upcoming horror film, “Speak No Evil” filmed right here in Phoenix, being released this month. Click here to get tickets to the premiere!
Sound mixer, Alex Quituqua created an interactive piece that encouraged viewers to put the headphone on and listen in. What they heard confused, entertained, and even frustrated them. Mostly though, it was hilarious. I guess you just had to be there.
The piece below was a collaboration between Chris Thrasher & myself. It was the centerpiece that tied the entire show together, taking 2 days to install. Tons of film strips hung from the rafters, starting at each corner of the Silver Room, where they were connected in the center by 30 TV’s. Some TV screens were smashed, others were simply static, and some showed iconic films. Sadly though, these photos don’t really do this piece justice.
The piece below, by costume designer & stylist, Jessa Erin used mixed media to explore how clothes can determine what the viewer perceives to be true. She handmade each piece of clothing – amazing!
The piece below called “Tortured Soul” by the production design team, Broham Art & Design, was above and beyond what anyone could have imagined! The set was originally used for a unique photo shoot, and images had not yet been released. They premiered for the first time at Between Scenes, and I could not have been more honored to have them in the show! The amount of detail in this set….unbelievable. Again, photos don’t do it justice. You really had to be there.
The photo below was provided by Theater13, since for some odd reason, I never made it over to the Tea Room with my camera. Yikes, sorry Chris! This creative production company shot a music video during installation day, and recorded the entire shoot. They kept the camera in one spot, and then played the video in the exact same position, so the viewer could watch what had just taken place in the now empty space. It created a spooky, ghost-like effect, not to mention the music video itself was kind of eery. Can’t wait to see the finished music video, which is premiering at Theater13′s Short Shorts with Short Leash on May 18. Click here for more details!
Moving on to the White Room, Gabriel Naylor‘s piece was front and center, encouraging viewers to recognize him as more than just a Visual Effects Artist. Viewers could walk through the hanging art, creating movement that would change what the viewer would see.
Special Effects Makeup Artist, Fernanda A. Orozco stunned everyone with her live art piece (shown below on the right). Using a friend’s painting as inspiration, she brought the character to life right before everyone’s eyes. It took the entire night – all 4 hours – and one very patient model. Viewers could sit and watch as she worked, or come back later in the night to see the progress.
The photo on the left is of a piece she made for a previous project that she brought in just for show.
Musician, Bryant Powell kicked off the night with some amazing tunes. Check him out for future shows! And if you’re in need of music for your next film, I highly recommend Bryant!
Chris Thrasher, known for being a Special Effects Technician, stole the night with his wood cut-outs of iconic figures and memorable film logos. At first glance, one might assume it’s “simply” a painting. But when given a second look, the viewer realizes that it’s actually a lot of very intricate and precise cut-outs, put together like a puzzle….sort of. In the end, Thrasher sold each one of his pieces, and since the show, has been commissioned to create other iconic figures.
Set photographer, Josh Loeser showed some of his photography from a variety of local short films. Josh is a fantastic fine art photographer, who chose to question who the performers really are on set. He explored how everyone is truly a “performer” in some way.
At the end of the night, Bogan Via wooed the crowed with their beautiful sounds. This amazing duo plays quite often around town – you must check them out if you haven’t yet! You can hear some of their music here, but in my humble opinion, nothing beats a live performance.
Fun fact: Maddie has a background in film & theater. Before joining Bogan Via, she worked on film sets just like the rest of the Between Scenes artists, proving that you never know just how much hidden talent a crew can possess.
Don’t mind these goofs….
Oh, and then this happened….hahaha.
Thanks again to everyone who was able to attend! We appreciate each of you so very much! Hope you all enjoyed the night!
Until next year!