Artist pursues love of film and music

Film: 'The Projectionist' complements 16 songs with 16 short films

By: By Ian Tennant

  |  Posted: Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 04:23 pm

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The creative mind behind the video and music project called The Projectionist doesn’t appear to be slowing down.

Bailey Kerluke, 27, is fresh off a showing of his ambitious merger of 16 short films to accompany 16 songs, which he presented at The Stop in Black Diamond on July 25.

While Kerluke performed lyrics to the 16 songs from his debut album, called “Sunrise-Sunset,” he also showed 16 short films inspired by the songs. The films employ an impressive array of styles, including two- and three-dimension, animation, typography, and video.

“It went awesome,” Kerluke said July 28 of the Black Diamond show. “It was a unique kind of way to do a performance.”

The full package of short films and songs took Kerluke almost a year to complete, but he has been uploading the films to his website as they were completed.

Kerluke said he has already written and recorded a second album and there is always another film project on the go. In addition, he and Zoe Slusar are partners behind the video company Untitled Productions.

The goal for Kerluke is to tell a story, much like a concept album that has a beginning, middle and an end.

But he admits, at least in the case of the “Sunrise-Sunset” project, that he had a general idea of where he was going but found himself pleasantly surprised when he realized after about four songs that a theme was revealing itself. By the 16th song he had landed creatively where he had hoped.

“It was half organic and half planned,” he said with a chuckle. “Half planned, half lucky.”

The Millarville-area resident said a couple of over-arching themes are explored in “Sunrise-Sunset.” As the title suggests, sunrise is the beginning and sunset is the ending. In between is a meditation on growing up, ageing, and a progression of one’s consciousness.

“Helplessness versus taking action in the world,” he suggested.

For this multi-talented artist, the process more or less starts with the music, then the lyrics and finally a film idea is explored.

“I love making music but I also love doing all the parts,” he said.

Kerluke studied media production and design at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology and later added music to his repertoire.

“I always liked music and creatively enjoyed it but it took a little more work to get comfortable” with that art form. His musical style incorporates elements of hip-hop and spoken word combined with his original music and the occasional sample.

On the horizon for Kerluke is hopefully presenting his “Sunrise-Sunset” performance in Okotoks or Calgary, or wherever he can.

“I think it would be a great event in Calgary.”


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