Posts Tagged ‘stephen dirkes’

“Bullet Proof” Fashion Film

May 19, 2010

Just posted, “Bullet Proof”, a recent short fashion film I put together with Tal Shpantzer. She was photographing Marlon Gobel’s show at the recent NYC Fashion Week for modacycle.com. The show was fantastic and at every turn Marlon offers up something unusual and interesting.

Part of the skill of any good creator is to make something really new and different ( and most don’t ), but the great ones do it with such thoroughness and subtly, that the “quirks” add richness to the impact of the work and nothing is gratuitous or unintentional. Case in point, love the “hazmat” slip on booties and id badges the models wore in the show. And just forget about the Dan Flavin meets Buckminster Fuller, meets Dr.No, mid century retro-future evil set!

We were both inspired by Marlon’s dashing secret agent tuxedo/jumpsuit and Tobias Wong’s Ballistic Rose, a bullet proof broach detail.

I wanted to create a 1 min short of an afternoon with our Agent X and Tal wanted to put together a stills editorial, so we joined forces and came up with this shoot with our Obscure Object Films creative team.

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Tal styled our heroine’s looks with the Ferrari red “Blake – Grenadine” dress from Hayden – Harnet’s current season and some pretty tough cuffs from the same collection. Tal shot their Fashion Week presentation as well.


photo by tal shpantzer

Thank you Patricia and Showroom Seven for the striking Erickson Beamon spiky cuff and mirror necklace.

The model’s rings came from Ayaka Nishi. Several short films lurking in her new collection too!

Miklos Buk got some great cinematic shots in a very impromptu “run n gun” shooting environment, mostly hand-holding a canon 7D. Al Arundel kindly offered us a steadycam rig to use, but the 7D camera was just too lightweight to work with the counter balance. Got to pilfer Aurora Crowley’s lens collection to get the “Ultra-Wide” shots. Miklos litterally just got the camera, no; follow focus, monitor, shoulder mount, nothin. Real-Deal-Hand-Held. Shot everything in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and Long Island City, Queens, NYC

Our secret agents, Alex Geerman and Stephanie Passavant came to us via Major Models and rocked out all day long!

Masha Gvozdov did a great job getting the sexy spy look together with hair and makeup. Props also go out to Charles at Modacycle helping us connect with our great wardrobe. Cheers.

Not only did Francesco from Evandro Tech Motors lend us the Ferrari, but he stepped behind the wheel as our stunt driver. Nice job.

In composing the music, I wanted to go for a really straight forward action score a la John Barry’s amazing music for the James Bond films. I think I ended up hearing more of my favorite Kurt Weill vibe then Mr. Barry…

But wait…. we’ve got Alvin van der Kuech taking this edit to his studios to create another score variation. Taking a minute for us, A.V. is currently enjoying global dance floor domination with his latest release and is about a month away from the next EP.

A long standing friend and creative collaborator is bound to blow our heads off, so stay tuned for the next “Bullet Proof” post.

Produced by Obscure Object Films and Talfoto
Directed by Stephen Dirkes
Camera by Miklos Buk
Still Photography by Tal Shpantzer
Music and edit by Stephen Dirkes
Casting and Styling by Tal Shpantzer
Hair and Makeup by Masha Gvozdov
Transportation by Rebecca Trent
Production assistant Alvin van der Kuech

Special Thanks
Marlon Gobel
Hayden-Harnett
Showroom Seven
Erickson Beamon
Tobias Wong’s Ballistic Rose
Ayaka Nishi
Major Models
Evandro Tech Motors
The Creek & The Cave
modacycle.com

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Obscure Object Films May 15th Screening – More Info

May 9, 2010

Related Posts:

Obscure Object Films Gelato! Screening at Brooklyn Movie Labs May 15th

“Proteus Syndrome”

“J’adore PORN”, “Obscure Object Part 3”

Obscure Object Films Gelato! Screening at Brooklyn Movie Labs May 15th

May 5, 2010

On May 15th, 2010 we will be screening three of our short films, “Proteus Syndrome”, “J’Adore Porn”, and “Obscure Object Part 3” in a film festival curated by Jason Wicks from Gelato! Arts Salon at Brooklyn Movie labs film studio space on 449 Nostrand Avenue.

This is the first in a series of Brooklyn film festivals in which Gelato! teams up with Dexter Taylor of Brooklyn Movie Labs. The May 15th show will feature films presented at the Gelato! Film Festival in Rome, Italy in December, as well as a few new entries.

We will be there to talk about the films and field questions. There will be two screenings during the evening ( TBA via Gelato! Art Salon blog )


Located in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn Movie Labs is Brooklyn’s first all-digital filmmaking institute and offers several programs in digital filmmaking from the ground up, with a team of industry professionals and state-of-the-art facilities to offer training to create work ranging from video podcasts to features.

Proteus Syndrome


Related Links:
“Proteus Syndrome”

“J’adore PORN”, “Obscure Object Part 3”

Obscure Object Films “Sketch City” Series

October 12, 2009

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Obscure Object Films is proud to present the “Sketch City” series. Welcome to “Sketch City” where a diverse community of people get to tell their own stories in an animated urban world. Fresh stories, to be served up twice weekly in 2-3min episodes. Enter a 3d graphic novel in paper, populated by graffiti artists, djs, models, fashionistas, hipsters and urbanites. Experience their raw, personal, unscripted stories from the Sketch City.

papercity overhead shot

We created a unique environment to function as a platform for user generated stories and storytellers, keeping the best of unscripted “Reality” and adding an extra large dose of production flavor. (more…)

the Object “Sneak Preview” 30 sec Trailer and Notes from Post

October 6, 2009

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Here’s a sneak preview of the latest Obscure Object Films release “the Object” to be screened this Friday at the World Premier Screening Party hosted by international burlesque star Dirty Martini at the Slipper Room ( 167 Orchard St. ), Lower East Side, NYC Friday October 9th at 8pm.

This 4.5 minute film, shot on location in Brooklyn and Long Island City by Tal Shpantzer with a Canon digital Still camera, follows the thwarted lust of an artist for an unattainable woman and leads the viewer from the stage and dressing room of a 1930s cabaret to an animated fantasy theatre of his injured and fragile psyche. (more…)

Recording Voice Overs with Rodrigo Galvan at HSR in Manhattan

September 20, 2009

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At Howard Schwartz Recording studios on 420 Lexington at Grand Central, recording the voice overs for the up coming Obscure Object Films release of Peter Bill’s animated short, “the Rat Who Stole the Sun”.
rat grab 1
LA gets a post-nuke-svankmeyer-vermin rife treatment in this dark modern adaptation of a traditional Native American Indian tale. (more…)

Danscamdanse Belgian Film and Dance Festival April 26th

April 30, 2009
Proteus Syndrome

Proteus Syndrome

Located in Ghent, Belgium, DANSCAMDANSE is an international film festival focusing on the interaction between dance and visual media: dance, as seen on film, or simply as a source of inspiration.  (more…)

Gelato Arts Salon May 17th, NYC Short Film Screening

April 29, 2009
Obscure Object Part 3

Obscure Object Part 3

The next Gelato Arts Salon will be May 17th in Brooklyn, NY.  (more…)

Luminous Flux at Galapagos Art Space Dumbo, NYC April 3-5 2009

April 29, 2009

This 4 channel video installation premiered at:
luminousfluxnyc.com
April 3-5, 2009 Galapagos Art Space, Dumbo, NYC
curated by Leo Kuelbs
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Director – Stephen Dirkes, Stop Motion Photography – Tal Shpantzer, Costume/ Make up/ Animation – Masha Gvozdov, Dancer – Nadia Manuela Fischer, Time Lapse Footage – Peter Bill, Edit/Music – Stephen Dirkes, Improvised Bass Recorder – Alison Melville, Narrator – Roderick Glanville, NYC 2009 (more…)