Making this film was a humbling experience and I realized that creativity is rooted in problem solving.
Today marks one year since I made my first dance film, PARTY FOR ONE. I had no idea that this experience would lead to a beautiful journey of making films.
August 28, 2020 I was not in a great mental space. It had been six months since I worked as an artist and I had no hopes that would change because we were in the middle of a global pandemic. One of my college friends from UC Irvine was hosting a virtual dance film contest called CO:VID with his company Gotham Dance Theater. I had recently connected with a filmmaker named Pauline who runs No Ends Media and told her about the contest. She enthusiastically agreed and we both felt it would be a fun way to collaborate.
CO:VID was a 48 hour contest where a dancer and an editor would partner to create a dance film. Since we were in the midst of a pandemic we were not permitted to collaborate in-person. Dancers had to film themselves inside of their home and send video footage to the editors to create a short film. To add to that challenge, each group would 3 tasks for the dancer and three tasks for the editor. We were given the following tasks:
Dancer: Bathroom, Pillow, Reveal
Editor: Mirror, Reverb, Slo-mo
Making this film was a humbling experience and I realized that creativity is rooted in problem solving. I didn't have top of the line equipment to shoot this film. All I had to use was an iphone, tripod, and duck tape.
In 48 hours this is what we created!
I am so grateful for the experience of CO:VID because it helped me reconnect to creating as a way to cope, process and grieve. Since the making of my first dance film I have created 6 more and I am grateful for all the artists I have been able to create with this past year.