Requiem | Experimental Short Film (2019)
"Requiem" attempts to recontextualize the Renaissance in a postmodern society, exploring themes of identity, technology, and social expectations in relation to chronology, and in a broader scope, humanity. FEATURING Joshua Lozier Vasilisa Belokon Jacque Howard Antoinette Ricchio Sofia Rios-Dominguez Justice Schiappa SPECIAL THANKS Zachary Hernandez
Of Skin and Plastic (2018) | Student Short
A man suffering from the death of his lover struggles to cope with her passing. 'Of Skin and Plastic' centers around the processes of grief, following a man as he navigates a world without his love. CAST Brian Pierce Katrin Schnellmann PRODUCTION SUPPORT Gerardo Garcia
"The Silence" | Experimental Student Short Film (2018)
‘The Silence’ revolves around the Fermi paradox, a cosmological problem that questions why we have not yet been in contact with extraterrestrial life. Offering a possible answer to this paradox, ‘The Silence’ explores the corruption of good and the creation of evil, giving a critical point of view on humanity. Music by Karel Husa and Eric Whitacre. Footage used with permission. Edited by Cameron Kostopoulos.
PERSON(a) | Experimental Student Dance Film (2018)
"The persona is fittingly enough a kind of mask, designed on the one hand to make a definite impression upon others, and, on the other, to conceal the true nature of the individual." Jackson Pollock (1912-1956), best known for his iconic drip paintings, was a follower of Jungian psychology, which stressed the differentiation of the 'self' from the 'persona'. Faces and masks recur frequently in his earlier works, including in his painting 'The Mask' (1941), which illustrates this divide between the individual and the facade. In creating 'PERSON(a)', I sought to both provide a testament to this revolutionary artist, as well as translate his beliefs of identity into a more modern medium. In dividing the person from the person(a), whom I construct from the beginning as playful, curious, and peculiarly voyeuristic, I hope to provide insight into not only the way we carry ourselves, but in the way we view ourselves.
The Puppet Master | Dance Short Film (2018)
A story of power, control, and freedom. On one hand jocular, on the other metaphysical, "The Puppet Master" explores the dynamic between determinism and free will, presenting a fun, playful dance between a puppet and its master. FEATURING Asia McNair Jona Huang CINEMATOGRAPHY & EDITING Cameron Kostopoulos MUSIC "Strange Humors" by John Mackey
Einstein on the Beach: A Filmic Representation (Abstract Minimalist Short Film)
'Einstein on the Beach: A Filmic Representation' attempts to visualize the beautiful, minimalist music composed by Philip Glass for the opera by the same name. Through reapplying the basic fundamentals of minimalism through visuals, this short film attempts to convey the origins of chaos and simplicity, the interplay between sight and sound, and the border between the real and surreal. Music by Philip Glass. Filmed and Edited by Cameron Kostopoulos. Special thanks to Matthew Ong, Jonathan Tang, and Juan Luna III.
"Metamorphosis" | Dark Avant-Garde Short Film feat. Philip Glass
Through the metaphor to a butterfly, 'Metamorphosis' conveys the emotions, experiences, and inner turmoils felt while experiencing transformation, highlighting the pain and conflict involved while de-romanticizing the conventional glorification. This film draws partial inspiration from Godfrey Reggio's film 'Koyaanisqatsi', featuring the composition 'Prophecies' by Philip Glass. Metamorphosis: A Filmic Exploration into Minimalism and Abstract Art Written and Directed by Cameron Kostopoulos Portrayed by Lauren Busocker Cinematography and Editing by Cameron Kostopoulos Choreography by Lauren Busocker Production Assistance from Mason Nickerson
In the Light | USC Film Supplement (Accepted)
"We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light." -Plato A boy must overcome his fear of the light in order to face the world around him. Film supplement for the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts. Written, Directed, Filmed, Edited by Cameron Kostopoulos Featuring Joshua Kostopoulos Canon in D by Pachelbel, arr. Ryan Jones