Screen Test No. 7 (Shizuoka)

Robert M. Johanson, directed and filmed by Pavol Liska in Shizuoka, Japan. Edited by Kelly Copper. Music: Beethoven, Symphony No. 7 in A Major.

This video, shot while the company was in residence at SPAC in Shizuoka, Japan, is an example of some of our working process with text. The text used is from Life and Times - Episode 7. Life and Times is a project we have been working on with the company starting in 2008. All of the text for this project was generated orally in a series of phone calls which were then transcribed and used verbatim.

We were considering at this point that Episode 7 might be in the form of a film, and most of our experiments with video in 2012 were part of our process both of figuring out how to use the video camera, how best to record sound, (the in-camera audio was not usable, and we knew we would have to record the audio separately and synch with the video - Rob has a recorder in his pocket during this test), and how we might work outdoors in natural settings.

The video starts in a wooded area in the morning after breakfast and continues into late afternoon and sunset on a grassy hill overlooking a tea field on the SPAC compound where we were staying.