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I began as a visual artist and got used to using many symbols
in my work. I regard film in the same way as painting, and can expect
to spend a great deal of time on a single shot, seeing each shot as
a fully realized moving painting.
I believe in working from personal experience and in following what
you love. I love the Mission District of San Francisco and the characters
who live there. My painter friend Scot Velardo, a photographer friend
Adam Krammer, and I would wander around the district, photographing
old architecture. These are the backgrounds I have composited into
my scenes; I think of them as the bass line, or soul, of a film.
I use a lot of blue screen technique, and treat scenes in
manner of a collage. Using blue screen, scenes can be done very cheaply.
At one time I lived in a ten-by-twelve-foot room on South Van Ness
Avenue and 16th Street, in San Francisco. The room had an old divider
that formed a seven-by-five-foot frame on the wall, where I put up
some blue cloth from a discount fabric store. This became the blue
screen where I had my actors perform their bits. I could put them
in any environment I chose. All other sets were either created guerilla
style or were procured from friends.
'Madalien the Small' is a memoir of clumsy awakening, a piece of poetry
I created while falling through space, a dream of loneliness and wonder
and love for a dark city that sparkled brighter because of its mystery.