David Michalek's "Portraits in Dramatic Time" is a series of 45 larger-than-life, extreme slow-motion video portraits of virtuoso artists drawn from a range of film and theater practice. The ultra-high speed, high-definition camera used for the portraits was placed in a fixed position and each live action scene was recorded for 10 to 15 seconds at several thousand frames per second. The result is a glacially-paced film of six to seven minutes in length.
The actors filmed for "Portraits" represent a range of performance genres including Broadway, avant-garde, experimental theater, Chinese opera and world cinema. Each scene-portrait is developed as an independent work by Director David Michalek in collaboration with the subject.
Source: Lincoln Center Festival Playbill
The film, conceived and directed by David Michalek, premiered at Lincoln Center and is projected on a large screen outside the David H. Koch Theater. It runs from July 5-July 31, 2011.
This photo gallery showcases brief moments from this amazing film in a series of still shots that were photographed while viewing the film from the Lincoln Center Josie Robertson Plaza. The beautifully composed scenes, lighting, subjects, concepts, etc. are from the film - conceived and directed by David Michalek.