Boat Safety begins not with oars, but with determination and courage. Each vessel, port and starboard, must be deemed seaworthy. Each sailor in aforementioned vessels employ must be judged by a court of the deep seas as being buoyant and intrepid. For every barnacle accounted, there must be a jib, pulley, and aft. When the nigh winds howl at ye wooden leg, a boat safety expert must welome them not with merely a grimace, but a defiant scowl, your good eye glistening with the grit of the anticipation of battle. To safely maneuver a boat from one channel to another strait, from these waters to those shores, from bay to bight to tomorrow’s evanescent anchorage, a true practitioner of boat safety must muster an unparalleled depth of knowledge of all things life preserver, choke, and mast. Unto each sail, may ye flap in safe waters, and unto each mooring may ye sway in safe harbor, for where the creed of boat safety travels, thereunto all men shall be safe boating.
This short experimental film for George Burton’s album “The Truth of What I am > the Narcissist” was shot in the waning light of a cold New York City afternoon, close to the end of 2014. Set in the space which used to house the former “Hit Factory”, a storied studio that was home to countless classic recordings, George assembled a cadre of elite players to record years worth of meticulously honed original material.
I was lucky enough to be present to document the gathering, and rented a RED Scarlet for the occasion. Lensed with Nikon primes, this short is one of two movies resulting from that outing. This film was a good exercise in brevity, rhythm, contrast, and also a chance to explore something that has always fascinated me: hand-drawn animation. All my thanks to George, the band, and Graham Burns for assisting that day and taking still photographs.