Film 2, July 14 – 20: Paregoros

It didn’t take too long for me to decide to feature my wife and newborn son in this film.

Working with them was quite meaningful and I am extremely happy the end result will serve as a documentation of our early days with Simon.

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24 Responses to “Film 2, July 14 – 20: Paregoros”

  1. virtuos and beautiful August 31, 2011 at 3:55 pm #

    The sounds, the visuals and the emotions were so beautiful. I really liked watching Simon’s curious gaze over all the events that were happening. This was a very giving video. I loved it.

  2. Amro August 24, 2011 at 7:49 pm #

    Goddess or Spirit of soothing words.. Beautiful! Simon- Beautiful! Lovely film.

  3. Tatiyana August 24, 2011 at 3:31 pm #

    Wow what a breath of freshness. You can do a movie like A Walk to Remember! This one for sure touched me..I never thought about having children, this film gave me another approach to that thought!

  4. Joslyn August 24, 2011 at 2:04 pm #

    This one makes me cry, Chris. Truly…I cried.

    • Christopher August 24, 2011 at 4:56 pm #

      That’s awesome!!! Thank you for watching and supporting, Josi!

  5. mona elias August 3, 2011 at 10:35 pm #

    Chris, this is another amazing film. You really capture the beauty of a newborn and mother connection. It is a lovely movie.

  6. John Newcombe July 30, 2011 at 11:24 am #

    Beautiful, Chris! Just wonderful. You have an amazing eye. And the editing was perfect. Will be watching it again and again.

    • Christopher July 30, 2011 at 6:53 pm #

      Thank you, John. Very generous of you :)

      • Savannah Thomas July 31, 2011 at 2:03 am #

        Paregoros is a gorgeous film. Simon is so precious. The shots are beautiful. I love the style of shooting (reminds me of the natural way Terrence Malick directs — he’s one of my favorite directors). Great job Chris! You’re very talented :)

      • Christopher July 31, 2011 at 11:25 am #

        Thank you so much, Savannah! Great to hear from you on here :) Any comparison to Malick is a HUGE compliment :) Much appreciated…

  7. Thom July 27, 2011 at 6:36 am #

    Wonderful job. Reminiscent of Stan Brakhage’s observational and introspective style during his family film era. The sound feels arresting at times and helps to create an oddly subdued quality that feels comforting and uncomfortable. Did you manipulate the bird tracks at the beginning?

    • Christopher July 27, 2011 at 11:18 am #

      Thank you for the comment (again!), Thom! My overall approach definitely was observational, though I did have a particular focus.

      I really enjoyed playing with the audio, most of which was manipulated. If you’re talking about the single bird tweeting during the “dream” sequence, no, I did not manipulate it. That’s how it came, which has an odd, surrealistic feel to it. I felt it worked well for that part of the film.

  8. Mark Stolaroff July 25, 2011 at 1:51 am #

    Beautiful! Bravo, Chris!

  9. Miguel N. July 24, 2011 at 1:09 pm #

    it gave me peace. Spending time with a newborn, son or daughter, is incredible.

    • Christopher July 30, 2011 at 6:57 pm #

      I totally agree, Miguel. It really was a joy making this film, on numerous levels….

  10. Caitlin Rose Williams July 23, 2011 at 12:35 pm #

    So stunning!!!!!!!!!

  11. Erik July 23, 2011 at 6:24 am #

    “Paregoros” was a lovely little short. Ethereal really. Malick would be proud!

    • Christopher July 30, 2011 at 6:59 pm #

      Wow, I hope so. That would be awesome…

  12. RAE July 23, 2011 at 12:57 am #

    That was incredible!! Bravo. & what a way to introduce your gorgeous new son to this world. Joletta is an amazing, gentle mother. wow. 2 thumbs up. Chris u really can film any style. now I know the possibilities are endless. :)

    • Christopher July 30, 2011 at 6:58 pm #

      Woo Hoo! Thank you so much, Rae. You seriously are so freakin’ encouraging – it really means a lot…

  13. KJ July 22, 2011 at 7:21 pm #

    This was lovely, Christopher. Such patience displayed by you as you sought to capture the bond between Joletta and Simon. A deceptively simple piece, its strength was in the manner in which you conveyed a strong sense of the physicality of mother and son. The cutting, which seemed to take us deeper into this intimate moment, your judicious use of soft-focus photography, the moment in which the exterior light became over exposed on Joletta’s skin, as if to fuse itself to her body, the sunlight that dappled the inside of Simon’s carriage. I loved those shots of the natural world which appear from time to time, a beautiful correlative, a delicate balance. I have to say that those shots, looking up at the towering trees, made me think of Emmanuel Lubezki’s moves for Terrace Malick. This made me chuckle. Here’s to the next five!

    • Christopher July 22, 2011 at 11:11 pm #

      Thank you for the careful observations and comments, K.J.! There’s nothing better than the appreciation of details, which truly is where art resides.

      I must admit, though, some of the details you give me credit for were purely serendipitous, which, I guess, is 50% of creation, huh? :) But, then again, like every good student of art, I’ve been trained to take the credit and simply say thank you, so, “Thank You!”

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