A dance meditation upon the nature of the feminine.
The music Seeds of Change by Naser Musa and Steve Wood inspired choreographer Melanie Kareem and our wonderful dancers when we filmed on the mountain-side of Trust Ranch in Topanga. What we created is sacred, sensual and ecstatic.
I was approached by Panavision and Light Iron-Hollywood to test a prototype of their new 8K Millennium DXL camera. For cinematographers, David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia photographed by Freddie Young, BSC is a touchstone for its remarkable 65mm images but that story was made in and about an era that focused almost solely on men. In collaborating with Melanie making a film today with the digital equivalent of that 65mm camera, we felt it should portray and celebrate the strength, beauty and power of women.
DIRECTOR – CINEMATOGRAPHER James Chressanthis, ASC, GSC – CHOREOGRAPHER Melanie Kareem
PRODUCED BY James Chressanthis and Melanie Kareem
DANCERS Laura Cutler, Vanessa Frazier, Melanie Kareem, Diana Mathur, Rachel Moore, Dawn Marie Yurkovic
SEEDS OF CHANGE Composed by Naser Musa and Steve Wood
OUD & PERCUSSION Naser Musa
KEYBOARDS & GUITAR Steve Wood
QANOON James Grippo
VIOLIN George Hamad
PERCUSSION Petro Al Ammar, Faisal Zedaan
MASTERING Joe Gaswirt
CHIEF LIGHTING TECHNICIAN Ricky Lewis
1ST ASSISTANT CAMERA Greg Williams, Darin Miller
2ND ASSISTANT CAMERA Laura Odermatt
STILL PHOTOGRAPHY Robin Becker, Michael Cioni
MAKEUP & HAIR Penelope Irwin
PRODUCTION MANAGER Jesse Liliedahl
PRODUCTION ASSISTANT Gaea Adrian
8K POST PRODUCTION BY LIGHT IRON – HOLLYWOOD
COLORIST Jeremy Sawyer
PANAVISION MILLENNIUM DXL 8K CAMERA – PRIMO 70MM LENS SYSTEM
SPECIAL THANKS Sue & Martin Schmitt, Dan Sasaki, Bob Harvey, Michael Cioni, Amit Dave
Filmed in Heaven – Topanga, California
SEEDS OF CHANGE © 2016 James Chressanthis and Melanie Kareem
Dancer/Choreographer Melanie Kareem
Director/Cinematographer James Chressanthis, ASC, GSC.
Blog Link: http://chressanthis.com/2016/
Seeds of Change Vimeo link: https://vimeo.com/193480245