New Film from Jeff Frost: Story of Abstract Ritual

Wanna see something strange and beautiful?

Artist Jeff Frost in San Francisco and at the Blurb office. San Francisco, 2012
I met Jeff Frost a few years ago at the Palm Springs Photo Festival. Young guy, mohawk. Then I watched his first film. Then I watched it again and again. Last year the festival in Palm Springs opened with another of Jeff’s creations, and when the second night of the festival rolled around the crowd demanded to see the film again. Same for the third night. Same for the fourth.

Story of Abstract Ritual from Jeff Frost on Vimeo.

Jeff is one of the early adopters of the Blurb Rich-Media platform, so I was able to spend a bit more time with him, watch him work and make these portraits. He’s a five tool player. Photographer, filmmaker, painter, musician and star gazer. As you will see when you watch the latest film, he’s a true vagabond now. A “dirt-ball” in the affectionate term of the 1970’s. He’s committed. So just know, when you leave the shelter of your protected lawn and look up to see the dim traces of the stars above, Jeff is already out there. Waiting, watching and recording.
Artist Jeff Frost in San Francisco and at the Blurb office. San Francisco, 2012

17 Responses to “New Film from Jeff Frost: Story of Abstract Ritual”

  1. That is such a kick in the arse to think untraditional and super inspirational, how cool is that. Spellbinding.

  2. Not *wildly* in love with the films, although I do like ‘em.

    What I am wildly in love with is the depth of technique, and the really coherent way it’s harnessed to some really pretty rich ideas. The amount of “art” made with a bunch of technique in the service of not one damn thing, and the amount of art that’s got some great ideas unsupported by any technique, is, well, it’s disheartening.

    My favorite is the stop-motion filling in of two dimensional shapes painted on the three-dimensional structures, *and* the way those shapes tie the whole thing together in the end. Great technique, great ideas.

    That’s some tasty stuff there.

  3. Scott says:

    LOVE IT. The trees were awesome. As was the wall paintings in the abandoned buildings. I do have a couple of technical questions . . .

    How did you make the light rise up high, nearly out of frame, in the circle of trees? Quadcopter with a light???

    In the city-scape shots near the end, what were the lights that appeared as lines of light between two stars? I haven’t the slightest clue how that could have been done without special effects in post.

  4. Christopher says:

    Hey man, thank you. This is fantastic work – really awe inspiring.

  5. Claude says:

    Abstract. Beyond. De-Light. [TTFW] (Too Trippy For Work).

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