Hooligan Editor Peter Mostert recently collaborated with Director Benita Raphan to create “From Dark to Light,” an experimental short film commissioned to honor Marshall Arisman, painter, illustrator and Chairman of the M.F.A. degree program, School of Visual Arts. The film debuted in New York City, at the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame Gala on November 10, 2011, among a series of screenings introducing fellow inaugural inductees John C. Jay, Joe Pytka and Ruth Ansel.
A filmmaker’s profile of a fine artist, “From Dark to Light” elicits a profound journey into Arisman’s world, rendering a subtle yet powerful impression of his sensibilities as a renowned artist, both creatively and personally. The film taps stylized shots of Arisman in the studio painting, set to his off-screen narration.The fragmented narrative combined with abstracting cinematic techniques foster an intimate experience that is robust to the senses, as the film itself becomes as much an abstract portrait as the artistry of its tributary subject. Composer Robert Miller worked to carry the tone of the three chapter drama.
“We wanted this intro piece to be more like a short film and Benita gave me a lot to make that happen in terms of the edit,” remarks Mostert. “The film is interesting because Arisman’s narration is somewhat unrelated to the action seen in the film. We took this unusual back story about how one of his paintings came to be, and told it in a non-linear fashion to create a defined impression of Arisman and his body of work.”
“Peter did a great job of working with the footage to stay true to who Marshall is as both a renowned storyteller and artist. This film is as much a vision of who Marshall is as any of his self-portraits.”
Mostert concludes, “I made choices that I thought would work well with Benita’s aesthetic: overlapping voices, speeding up footage and doubling of images to encompass the dark tone of Marshall’s work, which also tied the piece together perfectly, from the aura-like appearance of the artist up front through to the end.”
Director: Benita Raphan
Production Company: Pete the Dog Productions
Director of Cinematography: David Morabito
Composer: Robert Miller
Editor: Peter Mostert
Editorial Company: Hooligan
Producer: Rosemary Quigley
Audio Post Production: Sound Lounge
Sound Design: Marshall Grupp
Sound Re-recording Mixer: Juan Acevez
Mix: Sound Lounge
Color Grading: Nice Shoes
Colorist: Gene Curley
Legal: Mike Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Kurnit, Klein & Selz, PC
About Benita Raphan:
Benita Raphan is a Director and Designer for print and television. She was represented briefly by Joy Films, in London, and returned to NYC to open Pete the Dog Productions in 2000. SHOOT Magazine featured her in their “New Director’s Issue” in 2008. Another Sundance Channel film that she produced and directed, was featured in “Creativity Magazine’s No-Spot Short Film Festival.” Raphan has produced and directed a series of original content documentaries in collaboration with the following leaders in the post-production world; Nice Shoes; jumP; Manic; Crew Cuts; Hooligan; SUSPECT; Coda and Sound Lounge. Her films have been presented on HBO, The Sundance Channel, Channel Four Television, UK, PBS, and at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Benita has worked as a designer for clients as diverse as Yves Saint Laurent, Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto, Wieden + Kennedy, Deutsch, Inc., Knopf, and The New York Times Op-Ed Page. She has received Gold medals from The Art Directors Club, Le Club Des Directeurs Artistiques, Paris and The Broadcast Designers’ Awards. London Film Festival.