Sunday, June 15, 2014

Metaphysical Elements

The featurette for the forthcoming "Outskirts of Infinity" DVD is in production..
This past weekend writer-producer for The Spaces Between Time, Gina Aroneo, engaged Arivaca artist Peggy Kane in a conversation about her metaphysical paintings that inspired concepts in Outskirts of Infinity and helped establish the filmic frame-work that led to a sense of timelessness and contemplation of inter-dimensional gateways in the film.

Above: Still image from digital video of Peggy Kane in her studio (Arivaca, AZ)
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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Saying goodbye to a friend..Cindie Wolf

My good friend and beautiful person Cindie Wolf passed-away on April 7th,  As a tribute to her memory, I wanted to make available on the Internet my digital film "Strange Attractor" in which she acted back in 2005. See below for more details and link to the film. 

Cindie Wolf in the Post-Post Modern Film - Strange Attractor

Image: Still frame from my digital film "Strange Attractor" as-rendered digitally by a 1985-vintage Commodore Amiga 1000 Computer.  For technical aspects and to view the film (11-min), click this link to VIMEO.

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Returning to the Outskirts

The drive out to Ruby, Arizona is along a road that invokes the sense of the unknown.  I usually travel in the light of the late afternoon and return in the dark.  All you can think of is what's around the next turn.  It's not far from my home in Arivaca, but upon returning, the feeling is like you spent time in another place. 
Tucson filmmaker Scott Hellon (Point of View Pictures) and myself traveled down to Ruby last summer to make the film I intentioned 8-years ago - filming the migratory bats of Ruby.  But that movie project became something completely different.  I ended up making what became a really important film for me: "The Outskirts of Infinity".  Although the film included a flight of the bats, it wasn't the nature video I had planned to make.
 Scott Hellon on the Ruby Road, Arivaca, Arizona - 2013
But last summer (2013), I had the opportunity to make the nature film I originally intended.  The flight of the bats is really beautiful and something unique that I have access by living in these wild borderlands. Therefore, I felt that experience needed to be expressed in an artistic manner.

The day of filming was planned and other friends from Arivaca and one of Ruby's property owners joined us.  They had their own film mission -to drop a camera several hundred feet down the mine's main shaft. A vertical shaft that has been sealed for over 70-years.  That short film "Exodus" will be shown on Friday night March 7th, 2014 at the "Arivaca Independent Filmmakers Exhibition".
We arrived at the Ghost town of Ruby in the late afternoon.  The bats usually leave the cave at dusk.  We took a look around to get a sense of the place then both film teams and their wives had a informal pot luck dinner.  After dinner, Scott and I were setting up equipment that included sound recorders, when suddenly someone called out that the bats were flying - early!  Totally unprepared, I handed Scott a camera he had no experience with, while I grabbed my camera and we both got to filming the bat flight. 
After, I was totally bummed that we were not finished with the setup in time to optimize the camera angles I wanted for the film.  The photo below to some extent shows my contemplative mood after the shoot was over.
Bart Santello with camera in hand at Ruby, Arizona - 2013

It wasn't until we returned and looked at the footage, did I realize Scott's camera work saved the day and my second camera captured the 'establishing' shots necessary to piece the film together.  After several months of editing, my film "Bats of Ruby" has been completed.

Music for the film was from musician John Lyell, an artist producing some of the finest ambient-electronic soundscapes I have heard in a long time. 


The Bats of Ruby will be first screened at the Arivaca Filmmakers Exhibition on Friday night March 7th in Arivaca as part of the event's local filmmakers program.

Sunday, February 02, 2014

New Video Logo

This film clip was extracted from vintage World War II footage. I performed some digital effects on the film and added the titling. The sound-design is a short riff from an ambient-electronic music piece by Robert Rich 

2014 Psychotropic Films Video Logo from Psychotropic Films on Vimeo.

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Bats of Ruby Directed by Bart Santello

Bats of Ruby is the film I thought I was going to make back in 2005 when I went to Ruby. Arizona, but ended-up making Outskirts of Infinity instead.  So with newer digital camera technology and eight additional years of filmmaking, I was able to make a film that conveyed a sense of visual poetry of the bats in flight by capturing the synchronicity of  thousands of individual contributors. 

Principal photography was provided by Tucson filmmaker Scott Hellon (Point of View Pictures), and whose creative camera style was critical to the success of the film.

The film is woven-together by a beautiful piece of sound design by ambient-electronic musician John Lyell. I really enjoy his music compositions which I find suitable for film soundtracks.

Bats of Ruby will  premiere at the Arivaca Independent Filmmakers Exhibition in Arivaca, Arizona on Friday night March 7th.

Announcing the 2014 Arivaca Independent Filmmakers Exhibition

I'm feeling good about the program for the 2014 Arivaca Indendent Filmmakers Exhibition
We have a strong documentary program on March 8th from filmmakers whose works have been selected to commemorate Arizona's Centennial as part of the "AZ100 Indie Film" collection.

The evening independent Arizona short films are really solid; and also include two top-notch comedies from Australia.  Capping the evening is captivating psychological thriller "ASTRAY"; directed by Hayden Blades and the talented team at Synthetic Human Pictures in Phoenix.

Friday evening on March 7th, the "local films" program will be an eclectic mix visual styles, from Arivaca, Green Valley, and surrounding area filmmakers.  The second half of the evening's films will focus on the ghost town of Ruby, Arizona: Both historically and creatively.

The films are great and the event is free and open to the public.  So hope you can make it down.