A UNCSA cinematography class project shot on 16mm film using the Panaflex Elaine and Panavision glass. The shoot was limited to 200ft of film and three hours on stage. “Leading up to the shoot I stayed up for over 24 hours straight in order to rig all the objects hanging in the set. It was my first shoot on film so I wanted it to be special.” -CHI


“Piano Cat was made as a final group project for a film analysis class at Wake Tech Community College. The main goal of the project was to exemplify and put into practice the concepts that were introduced in the course. The story of the film was kept simple so that more time could be spent perfecting each shot. The idea of a sentient cat toy came from the very prop used in the film. It was my niece’s toy which would start to make really unsettling noises when you left it alone. Like it was possessed or something! I thought it would make a funny horror film spoof. Plus the notion of the thing floating in the air was an interesting visual effect to try and pull off.” -CHI


“This film was made at UNCSA as a class project for Fundamentals of Directing during my freshman year. The assignment was to create a three minute dream sequence that exemplified a fear and/or desire that I experience. We were required to shoot on an iPhone and couldn’t use dialog to tell the story. Through the contrast of black and white with color, I wanted to convey an artist’s fear of falling short of aspiration and being lost to history, having left no visible impact on the world. Although the concept was simple, the visual effects were painstaking. It took over 24 hours of rotoscoping in order to create the selective color effect seen in the film. I went a little crazy!” -CHI