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The Pale Princess of a Palace Cracked... (Photo and video series)

 
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Apr 30, 2013 17:57 |  #1

The idea for this shoot was based on the sculpture, "The Ecstasy of St Teresa" by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. I wanted to explore what it would be like to experience the same sensation if it wasnt god that was touching you, but the devil. The video is super hectic and hardrcore, but I would imagine that Satan doesnt hand out cotton candy and teddy bears. So I found it fitting to push the limit a bit on the filming/editing/direct​ion. Anyway... I hope you enjoy.

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May 01, 2013 18:24 |  #2

huh...no comments?

well heck..for what you're trying to get across I think you did very well.
The video is cool.


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May 02, 2013 08:29 |  #3

I love the processing/grading on your stills and video. The harsh overhead sun really added to the strength of the images. Your website is also fantastic!

As for the video, aside from the track from Dimmu Borgir, I did not get the sense of tortured/possessed ecstasy. I think it's a little too "safe" from an editing perspective. My opinion is the more erratic the edit, the better. Having the model use her flexibility and more facial expression would add strength, and you could nuance that with jump cuts and motion to give her a more possessed persona. The scene where she licks her lips is out of place to me because that is the only "non-normal" thing she does and a similar action is not repeated for consistency.

Also some of the scenes (i.e. the eyes bleeding) are left on the screen a little too long. I appreciate what you did by speeding up the video and inter-cutting it with another scene, but I was no longer curious about it since I was able to see where the blood was applied, which removed the mystery from it.

Despite these crits, I do like the video. I like the environment and the model/wardrobe and the overall direction!


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May 02, 2013 19:07 |  #4

@Picture pages.
Ya I thought it would warrant at least in 24hrs lol. But thank you, appreciate the comment!

@short_wave
Thanks for the comments and detailed response. I truly appreciate your thoughts. What I was going for in the video was subtly, juxtaposed with the harsh music by dimmu borgir, and the fast paced effect. There is actually no real time in the video its either at 400% or 40% speed shot at 60fps... The white dress (purchased at a thrift store), the bloody eyes, the soft expressions were all played in to the subtly aspect. I wanted it too look like she was truly enjoying the feeling while being slightly panicked.

Similarly to the St Teresa sculpture.

Anyway those are just my thoughts on the process. Im glad you enjoyed it!


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May 02, 2013 20:50 |  #5

I see what you are saying and it makes more sense with your explanation. Great work! :)


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