Thursday, April 15, 2010

Trees. The Film.

My Trees of My City film/multimedia installation project is about dormant, dead and decaying trees. I spend several hours a week on field excursions, imaging trees with four different types of cameras and a digital audio recorder.

The past four weeks have been a whirlwind. I'm honored to announce that four distinguished experts -- three Scientists and an Arborist -- have signed on to this project to provide commentary and on-camera appearances for the project:

Advisor, Plant Pathology
Kevin T. Smith, Ph.D., Project Leader, USDA Forest Service

Advisor, Arboriculture
John DelRosso, Head Arborist, Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

Advisor, Ecology
Eric J. Olson, Ph.D., Brandeis University

Advisor, Ornithology
Simon A. Perkins, Mass Audubon Society

In addition, I've been imaging trees in my city, but also in NY, New Jersey, Connecticut and Rhode Island.  TeAr  shows, once again, the repetition of forms in nature, among other things.

However...the onset of Spring has filled me with sadness, as the budding leaves and greenery are already beginning to obscure the architectural structure and stark beauty of each tree.

It took me about a week to pick up the camera again and begin the current phase of the project: Images of death and decay amid Spring's rebirth. Oh, joy....

I've been recording elements for the 5.1 Surround Sound design all over the city, then locked in my studio developing the audio soundscape for the project.  Some of that sound design is hinted at in the film trailer.

I've also been filming time-lapse segments of the trees around my home and have so far geotagged an additional ten remote locations so that followers of this project may go visit the trees, locations and debris featured in the TMC series. Excerpts from these items will be posted to this blog in the coming weeks.  - Roberto

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