Preening within the white space of a photographer’s studio, the performers in Birds form still tableaux that leave them open to the viewer’s visual appetite. Lights move; shadows float across faces, skin, and hand-painted surfaces. The environment that supports and surrounds the performers is set in motion as well, turning and swaying without reference to solid ground.
Birds is a kind of magic act that shows how the trick is done. The film mines pre-digital tools, using archaic film tricks, the contrived staginess of theatre, the old-fashioned pleasures of the ‘plastic arts’ and the transformative thrill of fashion to create a completely different kind of ‘virtual reality’. Fantasy is made tangible through visible seams and holes, and as a result, attention vacillates between the transformation of everyday materials, and that transformation’s failure. A soundtrack crafted on the moog synthesizer grounds the gliding world in ironic analog humility.
Director of Photography
First Assistant Director
First Camera Assistant