Ilanna Barkusky. Speed Of Light
i. Name: Ilanna Barkusky
ii. I am a: Director/Photographer/Writer
iii. Something I’ve learned about myself as an artist over the last two years:
Don’t be scared to try new roles in the creative world – every skill builds upon the next. It is important to keep challenging yourself – if there is something you want to learn, jump in as soon as you can.
iv. The name of one of my favourite recent video projects is: Speed of Light
v. In describing the work in 3 sentences or less, I’d say:
With this project, we were aiming to shine light (literally) on the speed and athleticism of a handful of female track and field athletes. I was looking to showcase their talents in a hyper realistic way – we utilized a lot of colour and certain camera movements and techniques to do that. I was aiming to put together something new and different, but still capturing the talent of these women front and centre.
vi. In the video, you’ll see:
Female track and field athletes being followed by a first-person point of view drone in the bat cave from The Dark Knight. You’ll see athletes hurdling over a drone, and literally lighting up the space.
vii. The inspiration for this video comes from:
I took inspiration from various video game commercials for EA Sports and Riot Games that utilized CGI and interesting environments. In a sense, I wanted this video to feel very surreal and in its own different world, kind of like its own version of a video game. Other than that, I’m always inspired by all sorts of FPV (first person point of view drone) videos and how I can incorporate them in my work – this kind of technology is fairly new which gives us more runway to try out completely different ideas.
viii. One challenge in developing this video was:
We had under two hours to shoot with each athlete and lighting setup. There was a lot of co-ordination required between ceiling lights, drone cameras and the athletes themselves. If a certain idea wasn’t working in that moment for whatever reason, I had to quickly pivot and replace it with another shot before we ran out of time.
ix. My past work includes:
I come from an action sports photography background, and have been working professionally in the commercial and editorial spaces for almost 10 years. A few years ago, using drones became a big part of my work, especially thanks to a project called the Colour Series. When I started off in the video world, I jumped off from that starting point. It has been really rewarding to be able to build upon my previous work and continue to involve as an artist in new creative mediums.
x. Putting a new work out into the world right now feels:
It feels like the perfect time – I am so excited to continue to share this type of directing work and keep building a portfolio that I am proud of. The opportunities within the creative field seem to be growing by the day, and I am so grateful to be a part of that in whatever way I can.
xi. After this work, I’m looking forward to:
I have another athlete-focused short documentary in post-production right now, that I am excited to release soon! It was a great experience to get to work with longer-form content and dig into a story a little deeper.
xii. Anything to add:
If you have an idea, brainstorm a way to make it come to life. In my opinion, there is nothing more rewarding than coming up with an idea and seeing it all the way through to its final creation.