Friday, July 29, 2011


It has been two weeks since the last post on this blog. The problem has been my (Ken's) eyesight, not the lack of progress on the film, Noh Garden. In fact, we wrapped the film Wednesday night, July 27, at about 9:30, following a long day that began with a scene shot just after noon at Elk Rock Garden, Bishop's Close, out on the Willamette River. The final scenes included the concluding dance, which we choreographed and shot first. That took an hour. We then had to pick up leftovers from the previous three weeks and retape a scene that was compromised by some digital corruption. We got it all done. The wrap party began before we finished the final two scenes and continued to about 11 PM. I now have about three-and-a-half hours of tape to edit down to forty or so minutes of film. This will take awhile. Fortunately, Jennifer Thomas, who handled sound for the shoot (and helped me pull focus when my eyes wouldn't work), will assist with editing. It will still take us deep into the fall before we have a DVD.

As I mentioned in the previous post, this has been a collaborative project from the beginning, and the nature of that collaboration is most apparent in the work of the chorus. Matt Smith served as music director for the project, and Joan McMillen, the composer, worked with him to direct at times. Here is a clip from our final night of shooting that shows how this collaboration worked. The discussion focuses on putting the chorus together with the dance in the film's last scene. The off-camera voice is mine. This clip also hints at the quality of music and voice in the production.

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