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“Invisible Oregon” Directed by Sam Forencich

"Invisible Oregon" is a documentary film from director Sam Forencich.

A time lapse filmmaker, Sam captured visuals of Oregon in ways that exceed imagination. The vibrant colors of the landscape are breath taking. The judges were truly impressed with the images and filmmaking of Sam Forenicich.

  • Film Name: "Invisible Oregon" 
  • Director and Cinematographer: Sam Forencich
  • Director of Photography: Sam Forencich
  • Composer: Travis Forencich
  • Runtime: 6 Minutes
  • Screening: Friday, November 10th, 2017
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  • Tagline: "Invisible Oregon is an art time-lapse piece 3 years in the making. Created entirely with infrared converted cameras, Invisible Oregon reveals a landscape beyond the range of human perception that challenges how we process the world around us."
"Invisible Oregon" Director Sam Forencich

"Created entirely with infrared converted cameras, Invisible Oregon is a study of light across time and space."

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"Invisible Oregon" Director Sam Forencich

Director's Statement:

"Ever since my youthful days of “experimentation” I've often wondered about the nature of reality. Those of you that still believe in science understand the limitations of our perceptions, and it's no secret that many creatures exceed our abilities to interpret the world around us. The idea that we have to process the sensory data coming into our brains makes it seem like we are already a step removed from the real world. So what exactly are we missing? What do animals experience that we can't, and how do our human perceptions vary from person to person? While this film does nothing to answer these questions, time-lapse and infrared photography do, in a metaphorical sort of way, extend our sensory abilities so we can imagine a world beyond ours. Ultimately I think this is what draws us to these forms, not to solve the mystery, but to flirt with it's boundaries." - Director Sam Forencich

Sam Forencich Interview:

We had a chance to interview Director and DP Sam Forencich for a behind the scenes look at his "Invisible Oregon."

  1. Why did you think that the Oregon Documentary Film Festival was a good place to submit and screen your film? “My film is a celebration of Oregon's natural beauty. If there was going to be a receptive audience it would be here.”
  2. What is the title of your film and is there any special meaning to the title? “Invisible Oregon - My film was created entirely with infrared converted cameras. Humans do not perceive infrared light so the scenes in the film are relatively speaking "invisible".
  3. Why did you choose to tell this particular story? “The making of this film came at a juncture of experimentation between time-lapse and infrared photography. I didn't set out to do this initially, but since I live in Oregon the surrounding landscapes were a natural choice to experiment. There was a tipping point when it became obvious that the results were both interesting and repeatable. The momentum to make the film took off from there.”
  4. Did you discover certain story elements during the production of this film that you never expected to find in the planning stages of this project? “In what is essentially a non-narrative art film a great deal of the piece was "discovered" through my process. I had crafted a "structure" for the film, and had a list of target locations, but to a large degree time and conditions dictated the decision making that went into each shot.”
  5. What camera(s) did you use to during the production of this film? Discuss any advantages or limitations that you may have run into, from an equipment perspective. “I used 2 infrared converted DSLR cameras. A Nikon D750 and a Canon 5D MII. The Nikon is a better low noise performer and was used in all the night sky scenes. Both cameras have a unique infrared response curve, so the subject would sometimes dictate which camera was appropriate.”
  6. Did anything happen during the production of this film that was very interesting, but never made it on camera? “With time-lapse things do occasionally do go wrong. So yes we did lose a few shots, mainly due to "pilot error."
  7. How did you fund this film? Did you use crowd funding? Do you have pressure to recoup the production costs somehow? “The film was self funded. I never intended to make any money off this, and that proved to be the one assumption I was right about.
  8. What kind of audience reaction are you getting to this film? Discuss any Positives or Negatives that you feel comfortable talking about. “The film has done well online through Vimeo. It was a "staff pick" early on that really helped get it out there. The response has been overwhelmingly positive, but you can never totally escape the trolls online.”
  9. Do you have plans for a sequel or future film that you are working on? Please discuss. “My background is in still photography, but time-lapse film making has introduced me to many aspects of film production. Not sure where I'm going next but I'd like to do something that has a strong narrative or documentary structure.
  10. You have completed a documentary film, which is a huge achievement. Do you have any advice for a future filmmaker that is about to start a documentary project? Advice that you wish you had been given before you started yours? “My film came to life because of my curiosity. It just sort of sprang out from there. I can't give advice for a proper project since I've never done one, but if you start with a subject that you are genuinely passionate about, that's a good set up for success.”
"Invisible Oregon" Director Sam Forencich

Filmmaker Bio:

Sam Forencich is a time-lapse film maker and photographer based in Portland Oregon. Sam is the principle time-lapse contributor to the NBC production Grimm, and the NBA team photographer for the Portland Trail Blazers. See more of his work here: https://www.samforencich.com/

"Invisible Oregon" Director Sam Forencich
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