& Cinematographer, Ron Fricke. Publicity still by Magidson Films, 1992.
Image by: Rita Haft
Ron Fricke ia a meticulous filmmaker who has mastered a wide range of
skills. This versatility allows him to carefully sculpt his films during
each phase of their development. He immerses himself completely in every
stage of production, wrestling with the broad philosophical concepts that
underlie his films, designing sophisticated equipment, framing each shot as
if it were a painting, editing and color timing the finished print.
In his early work as director of photography, co-editor and co-writer for
a renowned nonverbal artfilm, Fricke experimented with many previously
obscure film techniques. He used time-lapse, slow motion and optical phase
printing to present familiar images from a new perspective. "Koyaanisqatsi"
won a 1983 Filex Audience Award.
Indulging his passion for 70mm, and determined to make life affirming films,
Fricke proceeded to direct and co-produce "Chronos", an
innovative, non verbal, IMAX film that won the Grand prix du jury Award at
the first Festival International Omnimax de Paris (1987). For "Chronos"
Fricke designed an IMAX compatible camera with the capacity to shoot motion controlled
images, a revolutionary concept in the IMAX industry. Fricke gained
experience on several other IMAX films including
(1986) which he directed and photographed.
"Baraka", Frickes latest creation, is a non-verbal feature
film photographed in (65mm) 70mm in over 20 countries. It develops the
themes of interconnection and transcendence, which Fricke began to explore
in "Chronos", ""Baraka" is a journey
of rediscovery that plunges into nature, into history, into the human spirit
and finally into the realm of the infinite". In order to capture the
exquisite rotating star fields in the film's finale, Fricke designed and
built a more flexible and complex version of the (65mm) 70mm time-lapse
camera he designed for "Chronos". Fricke directed,
photographed, co-edited and co-wrote "Baraka" (1992).
"Samsara" will be a visual quest that explores the cycle of
birth, death and rebirth. "I feel that my work has evolved through
"Baraka", says Fricke.
"Both technically and philosophically I am ready to delve even deeper
into my favorite theme: humanity's relationship to the eternal".
in 70mm reading:
"Baraka" in a Swim Bath
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