phoria

A lot has been happening with the film. I’ve been brainstorming to come up with a title. The through line between the pieces seems to be discomfort and dysphoria. Another commonality is vulnerability and beauty. I want a title that will encapsulate both of these sentiments and also speak to the stylistic nature of the film. I’ve been considering the title phoria because it means a manifest deviation of an eye. This film is a lot about looking: spectacle and gaze. It is about non-binary bodies- seeing something you don’t expect to see. phoria to me is also the in-between dysphoria and euphoria- it is a word that encapsulates both these extremes. I’ve also been thinking a lot about how I want to create the titles. I’d like the titles to fit with the grainy 16mm film stock, so i want to shoot them onto film. I’m not sure if I want to create them digitally and then shoot them onto film or if I want to create something material and then shoot that. I’d like there to be a personal touch. I was thinking about having each person electronically write their name to introduce their section of the film. I’m not sure how to do that at this point. I’d need each person to scan and send me their handwritten name. This is a possibility. I’ve shot and edited 4 out of 5 sections. The next shoot will be on Thursday April 2nd with Seth. I’m hoping that I can quickly assemble his section and then create a seamless and thought provoking final edit. I’m still hoping to finish on film, though, I’m not sure if I will have the time or money to do a married optical sound track. There is still a lot to do. I need to make more prints and experiment with more alternative processing techniques. Right now I’m thinking that I’d like to do both mordençage and mono flex, but I’m not sure how these two processes would look together. I want to do small portions of alternative processing for each person’s section. I don’t want there to be too much going on visually, because there is so much going on in the audio already. Things are starting to come together and I’m excited to continue working in the coming weeks.

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