noun: The ouroboros often symbolizes self-reflexivity or cyclicality, especially in the sense of something constantly re-creating itself, the eternal return, and other things such as the phoenix which operate in cycles that begin anew as soon as they end. It can also represent the idea of primordial unity related to something existing in or persisting from the beginning with such force or qualities it cannot be extinguished.
noun: A space through which light passes in an optical or photographic instrument, especially the variable opening by which light enters a camera.
This Is Our Design - The Ouroboros Aperture Manifesto
Ouroboros Aperture is a collective of filmmakers and visual artists. Choosing Ouroboros as our namesake to eliminate stagnation in our ideas and our ambition and to inspire us to constantly recreate ourselves in new and unforeseen ways. The choice to capture content that provokes debate, thought, and emotion is what drives us.
We are Paul Thomas Anderson, not Paul W.S. Anderson.
We are Michael Haneke, not Michael Bay.
We measure success by the people we touch, not the money we make.
We are not here to reinvent the wheel, but to ride it.
We point the lens outward
in an attempt see inward.
And while it's a scary thought to create something and release into the world for mass consumption,
we can't help ourselves- it's who we are, it's what we do.
Ouroboros is Constantly Consuming.
Ouroboros is Constantly Creating.
It’s unique to most of our team to produce this with a crowdfunding effort and with the strength of the story itself, we feel confident it’s not just a story worth telling, but a story that people will be want to talk about . The best way to describe this is to look at it as a democratic process. Let the pubic decide if they feel it’s good enough. I feel the need to squeeze out every bit effort from myself to make sure we do our best to make this come alive.
We’ve changed our short’s name to “Secrets We Keep” and we’ve handpicked 5 talented associate producers who are greatly enthused to begin. Now that we finalized the budget, hired a crowdfunding manager, and set up the general game plan for how to run this crowd funding campaign, we’re ready to work more to help make this project come to life.
We hopped in the car, rigged up a tripod in the backseat, and drove around Los Angeles one night, shooting as many different light patterns in as many different ways as I could. The majority of the work was in post production, compositing and layering things in interesting ways to time right with the music.
We ended up shooting test footage both days we were there. Once nightfall hits it becomes pitch black, where you can’t see a few feet in front of you. By setting a roaring campfire and using it as a sole light source, we managed to capture some striking footage.
This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending the new Guillermo Del Toro exhibit At Home With Monsters held at LACMA in Los Angeles, CA. Here are a few photos from the adventure that left me feeling inspired. A beautiful collection from a great mind. Please do yourself a favor and go see this exhibit in person. I hope you love it as much as I did.
Behind the scenes photos from the Electrets music video for "Misfit"