Whitehouse Post editor John Luisi composed a trailer from 40 video portraits of renowned film and theater actors including Alan Rickman, William H. Macy, Lily Taylor and Liev Schreiber — shot by artist and director David Michalek for an exhibit entitled Portraits in Dramatic Time, which premiered as part of the 2011 Lincoln Center Festival.
The forty shorts of Portraits in Dramatic Time featured actors in character in the process of working a scene. The portraits were shot using an innovative slow motion technique involving a fixed high speed, high definition camera recording several thousand frames per second at 10 to 15 second intervals — resulting in videos of 8 or more minutes each.
The resulting videos can undeniably be described as moving portraits. Subtle details of the actors' process within the characters become powerfully evident in the scenes. The installation was displayed on an 85 ft by 45 ft screen that hung in front of the David H. Koch Theater for passersby to view.
Portraits in Dramatic Time, Lincoln Center Festival 2011 from johnny luisi on Vimeo.