“We Drift” is two part series. Part 1, “A Sonder,” is inspired by an entry in the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, the brainchild of wordsmith John Koenig. Koenig coined the noun ‘sonder’ to describe the “the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own.” He elaborates how we each see ourselves as the main character in our own unfolding stories with “a network of acquaintances who drift in and out of contact over the years…[and] in the background, faint and out of focus, are the extras. The random passersby. Each living a life as vivid and complex as your own. They carry on invisibly around you, bearing the accumulated weight of their own ambitions, friends, routines, mistakes, worries, triumphs and inherited craziness. When your life moves on to the next scene, theirs flickers in place, wrapped in a cloud of backstory and inside jokes and characters strung together with countless other stories you’ll never be able to see. That you’ll never know exists. In which you might appear only once. As an extra sipping coffee in the background. As a blur of traffic passing on the highway. As a lighted window at dusk.”
– Part 2 will be released early next week –
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“We Drift: A Sonder” was filmed in Tokyo and Matsuyama Japan on cool spring nights. In my previous time-lapse works, the blur and pace of the images obscure the individuality of the people of the city. They become abstractions. A goal of this series is to flip to the other side of the spectrum –slow motion images with a focus on the individuality of the people of Japan.
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The images were shot with the Sony A7s and edited in Adobe Premiere Pro CC.
A complete gear and location list can be found at attheconflux.com.
I composed the music and recorded the solo piano part at Sound Pure studios in Durham, NC, with the help of recording engineer, Artem Smirnov. Members of The Deviant Septet, Karen Kim—violin, Doug Balliett—bass, recorded the instrumentals with recording engineer Rick Nelson at Duke University.
Cast: Justin Tierney