We were called on Friday evening. We left everything – our work, families and daily duties – and went to serve our country. That’s how we live our lives here in Israel, and it has nothing to do with our political believes. Though I can’t say I was eager to fight, I was ready to follow my friends into battle. By Saturday morning Alpha Company was ready to march. This time luck was on our side, and by the end of a very long week, a cease-fire was declared and Operation Amud Anan AKA Pillar of Defence came to an end. I can’t go into specifics about what we did that week, but I did took some photos and video footage so I could later spread the taste of oil and sand. Since it was such a weird experience we’ve decided to make a clip with Bob Dylan’s Mr. Tambourine man as soundtrack. When I’ve uploaded it to YouTube it was immediately blocked due to copyright reasons. I found even more trippy version of the song made by William Shatner, and I think it took it further more into a delirium. Shifting from being a normal citizen and a soldier is such a strange transformation that I think this short clip captured a little of what that could do to your conception of reality. The contrast between an armed soldier and a free minded individual is huge, but that’s exactly what beautiful and unique in being a reserve soldier in the IDF.
If you liked that, take a ride with Alpha Company and watch the documentary “The Alpha Diaries“.
Rimon School of Jazz & Contemporary Music has a very interesting program with the Israeli nonprofit Mental Health Association (Enosh), where selected talented students take lyrics written by mentally ill patients and transform them into wonderful songs. The program is managed by song writer and performer Ariel Horovitz, and it’s called “Hahani Hahacher” (The other me).
This year they asked me to make a video clip for one of their songs. They’ve selected “Moridat HaShlagim” (The one that bring the snow) written by Lauren Milk, composed and performed by Naama Chetrit.
I had a few ideas for making the video clip; one of them was to involve my street artist friend Imaginery Duck to do some time lapse drawings. After conferring with Naama we decided on a script and launched a small scale production. Shahar Ziv and Almog Sella volunteered to help me in the shooting, while the other participants in the program came to play the extras.
For the scenery I chose a ruined boarding school for girls that I discovered during my “Haunted Houses” project. It has a creepy feeling of sadness and death to it, so we played on that notion with the extras playing as the ghosts of past students.
Even though the production was scheduled for the whole day, we shot it on holiday and had only until noon to film it, before all the participants dissolved. I used a Canon 7D and Almog brought her Canon 5D, which helped to gain more footage from a single performance. Since we had very little time, and no electricity in the near area I used only available light, which could be a problem in a day when the clouds play hide and seek with the sun. A good thing is that Almog has a great L series 50mm f/1.4 lens which helped us in the low light environment.
Shahar, who is a very talented editor, took the materials I gathered and assembeled them for the final result, which you are welcome to watch here:
The photos of the behind the scenes were taken by Imaginery Duck, who roamed the area and did some magnificent drawings on the walls: