Theatre & Film

Cinema Arts Festival In Space: Director Wayne Slaten And Composer Jeff Walton

A conversation with director Wayne Slaten and composer Jeff Walton discussing their collaboration on the 2015 CineSpace finalist entry, Red Pearl.

The movie poster for Red Pearl
The movie poster for Red Pearl

This Friday at 7pm the Cinema Arts Society of Houston will present the 16 finalists in the 2015 CineSpace competition in conjunction with NASA. Out of 194 entries from 22 countries and 32 states, 16 were selected to be screened at this event. One of those films is by Houston based director Wayne Slaten

Red Pearl is the story of Anuli, an eight-year-old girl whose mother dies due to the clean water crisis in Nigeria. Soon after, Anuli is inspired by her grandfather and NASA to pursue her dream of one day reaching the stars and keeping the magic of her mother’s spirit alive.

For this competition, entrants were required to use actual NASA footage in their film to showcase the benefits of space exploration and of the International Space Station.

Portrait of director Wayne Slaten
Portrait of director Wayne Slaten

Wayne Slaten says: “Our short film entry consists of NASA video and photography that was enhanced in Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop and Knoll Light Factory. Through visual effects, rear projection and other artistic forms of incorporation, NASA imagery is visible in over one-third of the film. The imagery was obtained through several NASA and related sites including NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Goddard Space Flight Center, Johnson Space Center Archive, Hubblesite and other websites which are listed in the film’s end credits.”

Wayne Slaten and composer Jeff Walton joined Music from the Movies host Brad Sayles to discuss this process of creating this film and the collaboration between the composer and director and among others on the team.

For tickets to the CineSpace screening go to CineSpace 2015.

Music by Jeff Walton, film soundtrack mixed by Chris Bourque.

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