Sinew and Yellow Cedar Short
- Shayne Kasai
When my dad was younger, he built a wooden sail boat which he used for a short time on Kootenay Lake. Growing up, I never had the chance to sail it, but I always wondered what it took to build something like this - for the many years that it rested at the side of the house, I watched it rot away.
I made a few decisions with this film: I wanted to make it look filmic (my setup was with a lower frame rate and the GH3 has its own grain) and I wanted the colors to be black and white - though, when I initially graded, I ended up backing off on the black and white. I really like the result.
I watched a boat take shape from a pile of wood strips and a roll of ballistic nylon. Within the first week, I could see something was taking shape - the ribs were lashed on and soon enough the frame was ready for the skin.
At the end of a pitch session back in June, I was handed an album - one of the tracks “Boats”, by Lydia Hol was compelling - a perfect fit for my film and though I was originally going to score the track myself, I couldn’t let this one go.
A month passed by - but, soon enough, I found myself back behind the camera and managed to pull off the remaining b-roll. It took me months to get enough footage to do this but it was worth it. I finally captured the gleaming water through the nylon.