Film Collaboration Lands KCAD Students in Los Angeles Art, Music, Film Festival
A short film produced by students from Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) in collaboration with Los Angeles-based cinematographer Anthony Ferrara and United Kingdom-based performance artist Bex Ilsley was recently featured at Nonplussed Fest, an art, film and music festival held in Los Angeles.
Titled “CODEX,” the film is inspired by “Codex Seraphinianus,” an illustrated encyclopedia of an imaginary world created by Luigi Serafini, an Italian artist, industrial designer, and architect. Full of surreal images such as peculiar plants and animals, detailed diagrams of pointless machines, and muddled maps, as well as an invented language, the book lends itself well to artistic reinterpretation.
(above and below): Members of the INTERSPACE student organization work with videographer Anthony Ferrara
Members of the KCAD student organization INTERSPACE worked with Ferrara, who goes by the name Bokeh Monster, and Ilsley to recreate one of the book’s pages, in which alien-like figures assemble a human form on an operating table, as a short film.
Students helped storyboard, created props and costumes, and even starred in the production, which was shot at The Moon, the Grand Rapids studio of KCAD Sculpture and Functional Art Assistant Professor Natalie Wetzel, and premiered at Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in September of 2016.
Students worked on everything from storyboarding to acting to set and costume design
The film was screened alongside a number of other short films during Nonplussed Fest, which started in 2016 as a celebration of cross-pollination between film, music, and art.
“Our programming team loved the indecipherable, existential mania that ‘CODEX’ explores. It's the kind of unique vision that fits perfectly with Nonplussed Fest's emphasis on singular, creative works that take risks and challenge audiences,” says Nonplussed Fest founder Ana Souza.
Click here to learn more about the INTERSPACE student organization.
Click here to learn more about KCAD’s Sculpture and Functional Art Program.