Monday, September 9, 2013

Martha Stewart Halloween Special Issue 2013

I look forward to every Martha Stewart Halloween Issue, which usually only comes out every few years. This year's issue looks pretty interesting to me. There are quite a few repeated ideas as always, but I am looking forward to the newer ideas that placed along with them. Definitely worth a look-through! 

The Witch's Table-Revisited

     As I'm sure you have noticed, I'm a bit addicted to Pinterest. Every now and then I have come across some of my own photos of my displays and decor while looking through other people's Halloween boards, always pretty neat. I even found a neat link to which contained a collection of 20 Table Display Ideas for Halloween, and sure enough one of my displays was there alongside some cute Bruce Elsass and Martha Stewart displays. Makes you realize how funny the internet is, kind of a neat and flattering surprise though.

The Season

... is here...

Sunday, September 1, 2013

'Séance' (Revamped)

    Recently I had a chance to re-edit an old short of mine, Séance. This short was initially called Vintage Séance after my blog. In fact, I kind of made it to promote the blog, but after viewing it later, I felt I could probably do more with it than keep it as a small promo.
   This time around the film is slightly quicker. I didn't have a great camera or editing software when I initially filmed it, but now I have taken the old footage into FCP (final cut pro) and have sped it up and tightened the editing a bit more. Unfortunately, I lost a lot of the original footage so I couldn't start from scratch. I mainly had to use the original .mov file and re-edited that as opposed to going back into original footage. 

    Because of this, the film still has its original filters, which I actually prefer. The old filters are just from iMovie but they still give off the look that I felt worked for this short. I really wanted to capture antique cinema (pre-talkies/ silent film era), which is why I chose an aged film look with a thick sepia tone. 

     As for the style and film elements, as well as character design, I wanted to really show that Southern Gothic style that I often lean toward, and incorporate a magical, but dark, side to it by having a séance gone awry. The séance itself also plays into the spiritualism movement, which was also common during the turn of the century/1920s era. 

    For the sound, I had my brother Bijan Sharifi assist me, as he is an expert. I told him I needed original music (since the music I originally had in the short was not my own) and I wanted the film to sound old and scratchy. He accomplished this with ease and made it sound even better than I had imagined. An extra slight reverb on the music made the audio sound a bit ghostly, which exceeded my expectations and made the film much spookier. 

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Take a look at the final cut of Séance on Vimeo: