Meet the Filmmaker: David Quakenbush, “Dark Sky”

David Quakenbush



Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?

DQ: I see in shots, dream in three act structure and have a precise and vivid imagination. Film is the only way to share some of those dreams and ideas with other people.

Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?

DQ: We’re going to see Dark Sky, a proof of concept video for an in-camera visual effect that came out well. The larger video project is parked pending funding, but the effect has continued to evolve into a performance art piece and an interactive lighting environment called the Aurora Vortex. The film premiered this summer at the Front Range Film Festival in Longmont, where we also hosted a Vortex party. It went very well. The Aurora Vortex is open to the public every first Friday night in my studio at 841 Sante Fe in Denver. http://www.auroravortex.com.

Q: What else are you working on?

DQ: After being in continuous production for nearly 12 years I’m confused and delighted by the feeling of not panicking about preproduction right now. I’ve also had a recent epiphany about interactivity — the concept of building something that you just sit and watch, or look at, suddenly seems tedious and very boring. Doing is a better experience than watching. I don’t know what will come of that realization.

That said I have several scripts parked in development right now including a very dark adaptation of a Grimms Tale — basically Mother Goose meets Dexter; a film noir cooking show where the recipes are toxic; and a science fiction piece about a pair of shape shifting telepathic aliens who take infinite turns reliving the final regrets of a long-deceased astronaut. I’m also promoting the Vortex, bootstrapping a freelance photography business and building chromatherapy clocks that challenge your preconceptions about the nature of time when you try to use them.
Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
Dark Sky will screen May 21st at the Emerging Filmmaker’s Project.