Laura Dances

I almost forgot about this, that is until I watched PINA 3d and remembered that I have also directed dancers. Not to suggest that the below is anything like PINA 3d, it was more a happy set of circumstance drummed together during a workshop with Daniel Conrad.

After a kind of tedious set of days trying to get filmmakers and dancers who had never dabbled much with the other to work in stride and make dance films, Laura Cleveland lightly galloped into the studio and quietly announced to me that she had been working on a dance upstairs… if I wanted to film it. I did.

Sam Naiman and John Petrina, the sort of tech support for the workshop, also welcomed the distraction and we fled upstairs to make something. We really only had about an hour at most and in that time Sam and John set up a make-shift dolly rig while I directed Laura and her choreography into a story I could tell and mapped the terrain.

I took my metaphorical director’s chair, Sam the reins at the camera, and John made magic of a hand truck turned dolly. And this is what came of it:

Oh the the music I just added on the fly for your pleasure [Kronos Quartet Performs Philip Glass], it is neither original nor what Laura was actually dancing to.

Party Gurl.

While tweaking RACHEL, RYAN, JAMIE & KATIE the other day, I got a little side tracked. Intending to participate in some office spirit, I made an entry for the Film Center’s MAKE IT SHORT contest. There’s basically one rule, it has to be 40 seconds or less (in honor of the Film Center’s 40th anniversary season).

So, using some already acquired footage, I give you Katie… or PARTY GURL.

Top Down Trailer

I recently made this trailer for work. My first sort of full on animation exercise and the first time I’ve ever used After Effects! There are a million things I could still tweak or animate differently, but I am fairly happy with it. The band at the beginning is The Harpoons (under Creative Commons licensing) and you can go here for more information on Top Down.


Landscapes is a super 8 short portraying what Gil Dennis referred to as the “lovely lulls” of a relationship. It received a judges award at the Northwest Film & Video Festival (soon to be renamed the Northwest Filmmakers Festival), but more importantly was the first thing I made that complete strangers thanked me for. That was terrific. My husband, Michael, was a huge help in making this what it is.

Landscapes from Laurel Degutis on Vimeo.