Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Take 6 with Camm Cage Intern Eric Gonzalez

1. What's the last movie you loved and what was the last movie you hated?
I was recently reintroduced to Chris Marker. The first time I heard of him was while in school in my art matters class. He did San Soleil, one of the most beautiful and longest documentaries I've seen. It was La Jete, However that really made me love his work. The film was done entirely in black and white stills along with a narrator. It's plot was recently adopted in Twelve Monkeys.
I haven't really seen anything that I really hated lately. There have been some that were better than others but nothing I'd say I hated.

2. What's your guilty pleasure movie or TV show?

3. What kind of films do you make?
I like to make films that use a lot of symbolism in them. I like to lure my audience with the imagery and then make them really think about what that image or images mean in relation to the characters and to themselves.

4. How'd you get into filmmaking?
I've always been into making things, all kinds of things. I went into my undergrad as a declared sculpture major with a concentration in photography. I decided to take a video class as an elective my sophomore year and was hooked for life. I've always been the type to want to get my hands into everything and in film I can do that. I can manipulate every single aspect of the piece to best convey whatever it is I want to say. It is also one the best way to reach a larger audience than a gallery piece would and that is also something very important to me. I still make and enjoy work designed for a specific space but I love the freedom and portability that film and video offer.

5. What's your fave piece of gear?
I don't really have one as of yet. I'm really excited to work with an HD camera again and hopefully I'll get to do that here. Then maybe I can say its the Panasonic HVX200.

6. Why did you decide to do an internship at Creative Alliance Movie Makers? What projects have you been working on here?
Being ejected out of art school into the real world with no resources or access to equipment or a community really sucks. I wanted to surround myself with people doing the same thing I was and from whom I could learn a thing or two. I've been given access to the equipment here and I plan on shooting my next piece in December. I'm really excited about it.

Here's a clip from one of Eric's videos, The Carnivorous Instinct.

The Carnivorous Instinct from Eric Alexander Gonzalez on Vimeo.

Eric Gonzalez Bio:
Eric Gonzalez currently resides in Baltimore MD. via Houston Tx. He recently graduated from MICA, majoring in general fine arts with a concentration in photography. His work weaves through a variety of mediums with an emphasis on combining traditional with contemporary methods and technologies not only as means of construction but as tools for
thought and investigation of human behavior in an increasingly technology dependent society.

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