A Snowy Day At Spencer Abbey

Spencer Abbey holds a very special a place in my heart. Much of the filming for The Cloud of Unknowing was done there, and the monks of Spencer have had a significant impact on me.

This visual reflection comes from my first visit to Spencer. It was a cold March day in 2017. Snow idly drifted by. Anthony Farenwald and I brought a Bolex and shot some motion picture film of the Abbey on this day as well. I think we lost the footage somewhere. At any rate, this edit was the first taste of Spencer.

Valentine // Blue Valentine Chronologically

A recut version of Derek Cianfrance’s Blue Valentine, excluding the present “blue” scenes, leaving only the love-filled flashbacks.

I loved the inter-cut storytelling in Blue Valentine, but I often wondered if the origin story would stand as strongly on its own, as it does within the context of the full film. At any rate, it was a lil experiment that I thought some folks may find interest in.

Introduction to Transcendental Style

What is Transcendental style in film?

Just as mystical experiences are nurtured through emptying the mind, transcendent cinema is born through the emptying of the frame of psychological meaning.

Transcendental style is style of filmmaking which was first proposed by writer and director, Paul Schrader in his 1972 book Transcendental Style in Film. In 2016, Schrader revisited his work with a new introduction, adding key insights to its relation to Gilles Deleuze, Andrei Tarkvosky and Slow Cinema.

This video is simply an introduction.

As I reflect back on the last few years, transcendental style is at the forefront of my mind. Whether I knew it or not, transcendental style has dominated my thoughts and had a significant influence on my own personal filmmaking. I would like to write about the topic more and ideally tie together some of my past essays into one larger essay about the subject.