A few years back I was reviewing a project with a student and noted that one of her shots looked a lot like Edward Hopper's famous painting, Nighthawks. You've probably seen it - 3 lonely customers in a city cafe late at night, empty streets, a sense of loneliness. Quite a dramatic painting.
As I reviewed the shot with the student I had an epiphany, "I wonder if there is a way to create project for which students interpret a piece of art?" I tried it the next year and got lots of blank stares at first. But the work produced by the students was amazing - provocative, interesting, and creative. Almost every interpretation is unique and fascinating! Now it's one of my favorite projects for COM480/Field Video II.
The Persistence of Time by Aki Suzuki and Francesca Giordano is an example of one of these well-crafted art interpretations - from the wardrobe to the performance, camera work and editing - it really communicates a fantastic sense of wonder and confusion. Bravo to Aki and Francesca for this bold interpretation.
Click title to watch: Persistence of Time