We aimed to create a piece of self-reflection. A fighter must embody his own delusion, with unmistakable faith in his prowess. Such belief created this fantastical visualization of a cleansed release that ultimately charts a path toward success. Inspired by choice words of Walt Witman, this concept was derived from pensive thoughts and executed through sound.
“Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it. If nothing with you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves.”
Bruce Lee’s philosophy applied to our copy and cinematography. Placed inside the visual and shaped by the subject is this immersive experience.
DP: Luke Dejoras | Editorial: Aaron Robinson
Talent: Mark Poletti, Gregory Baron, Kevin Harvey
Shooting in the ring was a labor of love – a longstanding bout that eventually saw its moment. These are the projects I love. With various opportunities, I too took the floor. Punching, kicking, and physically exuding my direction I choreographed each moment like a bachata with camera. It’s a bruising quarrel, but without extending beyond your means, nothing will every truly be creative. I believe action should be tangible; the audience feels each through motion and digs in for the visual toil. Relishing the impacts of blood and sweat, every moment was crafted with a pragmatic brush.
BLOOD + FEARS
We battled between two talented professional boxers (of age 9 and well, much older); but the most contentious bout of the year made scheduling impossible. Thanks pretty boy! We lucked out with Mark Poletti, accompanying his physic & talent, towered a fighter more obliging and collaborative than we dreamed. Now, how do you make an imaginary fight look real? If I’m decent at anything, it’s building a perception beyond self. Becoming the object of our fighter, we’re able to suspend disbelief and circle the internal conflict. We shot in only a few hours and somehow the hound still saw its coup de grace. Still I’m shadowed by a few regrets and failure in my true attend to detail, but left to roll with the punches and trust my instincts, the print is jake.