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Testing a Camera Obscura

I’ve been intrigued by possibilities for mixing old and new technologies in the creation of videos and still photos. Online, I’ve found lots of information about making your own camera obscura to capture and project images in a box, which you can then capture with your SLR or compact video and film cameras. Why bother? You get a unique, narrow depth of field (some objects are in focus but most aren’t) and a vignette, or …

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‘Carousel,’ a New Short Film

Carousel from Michael French on Vimeo. A recent trip to Los Angeles for a wedding found us with a few extra hours to relax before our flight home. We headed to the shore a Santa Monica, one of my favorite places to go when I used to live in Pomona, California, east of Los Angeles. There’s a old pier that’s sort of a West Coast Coney Island: A Ferris wheel, a roller coaster, some games …

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‘City Birds’ Explores Nature in an Urban Environment

I just put together this short film that is an exploration of place and the beauty of nature found even in an urban environment. All footage comes from Cherry Creek in downtown Denver, near the confluence with the South Platte River, an area rich in history. It was once the seasonal camp for up to 1,500 native people led by Chief Little Raven, and it was also where Denver was founded. Today this part of …

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William Lamson’s Place- and Time-Based Art

Last night I had the pleasure to find an unexpected film-based work at the Denver Museum of Contemporary Art. William Lamson’s Action for the Delaware is as captivating as it is difficult to characterize. Lamson himself, and the Delaware River, are both subjects in this work. In essence, the artist attempts (and succeeds) in giving the illusion that he’s standing on the surface of the river. But rather than leave it at that, which is …

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Short Film ‘Pond’ Looks at Life Close to Home

I love to explore places, especially near my own home. Being new to Colorado, this give me lots of opportunities to see places with a fresh perspective. This pond right outside my front door sits in an open space in Superior, Colorado, that follows the course of a creek and is a fusion of natural and built elements used to filter runoff of pollutants and provide wildlife habitat. The area is thick with all manner …

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Film: Southside, Flagstaff Arizona

Southside from Michael French on Vimeo. A look at the Southside neighborhood of Flagstaff, Arizona. I lived here for six years. The color and community are sometimes overwhelmed by decay, addiction and despair. It remains Flagstaff’s most bohemian neighborhood; rough around the edges but full of soul.

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The Pleasures of Netflix

With our busy schedules, we no longer have to deal with scratched discs from the video rental store ruining our couch potato plans.

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