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This past week I put together a teaser of Super 8 footage that I will be using in the documentary. I chose to use Super 8 sequences of each dancer in Strength and Beauty because I felt it would be more effective at portraying the dancers quality of movement. When shooting a live performance you are stuck in one stationary position and it is hard to create a dynamic sequence. Even if you have tons of money and multiple cameras shooting live has major limitations. You can’t get on the stage to be in the middle of the action, otherwise all the other cameras (and the audience) will see you and, thus, ruin the illusion. Therefore, the dancers and I created special scenes for each of them. I have been very happy with the results and I hope you enjoy it as well!

 

Written by Chelsea Wayant

Chelsea Wayant

Chelsea Wayant is an independent filmmaker and educator living and working in the Southeastern American town of Greensboro, North Carolina. She graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a BFA in film production and from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a terminal MFA in film and video production.

Throughout her career she has worked in all three forms in her field: the narrative, the documentary, and the experimental film. Regardless of the form her work has always explored the portrayal of women both in front of and behind the camera. Thematically her films most often involve women as central characters and often explore the visage of a dancer.