a day in the woods

aliza here. zev, our mother, and I went to a woodland reserve near our house today. despite getting epically lost on the way there, it was a beautiful trek along trails full of dogwalkers.

when we got to a pond, I started getting zev set up in a sheet we’d brought along in case we needed an emergency cloak. the water was bone-achingly cold, so we had to huddle together on a slippery rock as we got set up. some folks having a picnic on the other bank got a nice show. (credit to mama for the behind the scenes photos)


as we were shooting, it began to rain. zev slopped his way up the bank, dried his feet on the soggy sheet, and we headed off.

in the gathering gloom, as the rain began to give way to a silvery fog, we came across a grove of downy young pine saplings. in a bout of sudden inspiration, zev had me wrap my jacket up in my scarf and tie it to a stick before throwing the sheet/foottowel over me as a cloak and trying to look attractive.


a lady walking her dog by told us that we were “seriously freaking [her] out”. and joggers were liberal in their odd looks.Image

then we headed home and dried off and edited up our respective day’s works.

my photo before and after (with a whole lot of fudging in between):



link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ummatiddle/10916748435/

zev’s before and after (humongo-extension extraordinaire):



link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/fiddleoak/10914492905/

an afternoon well spent!


new video project — production blog I

this is Aliza here. if you’ve been following Zev’s hints on Flickr, you may know that there’s a very exciting littlefolk video project in the works. the idea has been germinating for a few months now, and just a few days ago we finally had our first evening of shooting! without giving too much away, here are some behind the scenes production shots. that’s our most excellent uncle Orest with the mustache. he’ll be one of the stars of the film.

here you can see something of our set-up. Zev was shooting from atop his bed.


we covered half the room with black fabric. this was taken while Zev was still figuring out the lighting for the shot.


Zev giving notes in between takes.


for a from-above shot, Zev and the tripod teetered atop desks and stools.


a little preview of how one of the shots might look.


the (rather ingenious) follow focus that Zev improvised using pliers, a pencil, and a rubber band.


well, this is what we’ve been up to. pretty exciting stuff. :] stay tuned for more!