NEVERMORE is a short dance film created as a part of the series 13 Chambers: a site-specific anthology film commissioned by Aktionsart and Smarthouse Creative, inviting 13 women directors to explore the uncanny, supernatural and sublime in a 1918 dilapidated print shop in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood.
We had just under a week to put everything together. I’ve always wanted to work with dancers on a film project, and thought this would be a perfect opportunity. Nevermore is based off of Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven.
“Deep into the darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting,
dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before”
Cast and Crew
DIRECTOR | Gisella Bustillos
CINEMATOGRAPHER | Andrea Stuart-LeHalle
PRODUCTION ASSISTANT | Shuya Yuan
PRODUCTION ASSISTANT | Jackie Argueta
CHOREOGRAPHER | Leslie Rosen
DANCERS | The Sirens of Serpentine
- You must be female.
- You must be living in the Pacific Northwest.
- Your film can be about anything, as long as it involves the uncanny, the supernatural, or the sublime as its central subject.
- Your film must be shot within the confines of your designated space at 201 Westlake Ave N., an abandoned school building which will be demolished at the end of October.
- Your film must involve one of the following elements: dialogue, performance, music, dance, etc.
- Any special effects must be in-camera or practical (i.e. no CGI).
- The title of your film must be a single word (in any language).
- Your film must be four to eight minutes in length.
- You will be provided a budget of $500 (raised via a 7-day crowdfunding on Seed&Spark).
- You will be provided with a lighting kit, camera, and sound gear, though you should feel free to use your own equipment, if desired.
- You must complete principal photography on your segment between Thursday, October 15 and Sunday, October 18, 2015.
- You must deliver your completed film by December 31, 2015.
- You help to the best of your abilities to raise money by promoting the Seed&Spark campaign through your social and personal networks.