We recently learned that two of our videos from last summer were accepted into the Garden State Film Festival being held in Atlantic City this March. Beyond the Castle and a three minute piece we did for the NJ State Council on the Arts, The Arts of Atlantic City. Nice.
Our documentary, Beyond the Castle, on competitive sand sculpting in Atlantic City and filmed at the 2014 World Cup of Sand Sculpting, is a twenty-two minute inside look at what twenty sculptors from nine countries went through to create their works of art and also the sense of accomplishment they felt when these way-too-temporary testaments to their skills and imagination were realized.
The idea to do a documentary on this subject came to me when I was one of the judges for the 2013 World Championship of Sand Sculpting, held also in Atlantic City and produced by a friend and world champion sand sculptor himself, John Gowdy. Spending time with these talented artists from around the world made me realize it takes a special breed to do this kind of art. I was also mesmerized by their stories and intrigued by their unique personalities. I knew then their stories should be told.
When I approached ArtC’s chief videographer and director, Frank Weiss, with this project he immediately jumped onboard. And as he often does, he far exceeded my vision and expectations for this project. He helped put together a talented team, including Jason Howell and Dane DeFeo for additional video and Scott Stagliano and Steve Jasiecki for crew. Frank was at the competition almost every day of the twelve day event. Some days we had three of us, including me, shooting. During post production we realized we were missing something and we turned to friend and writer Sterling Brown for a script. Sterling had done an excellent job on our documentary The Art Spirit and he came through for us again on this project.
Finally, Frank used his editing skills to bring the documentary to life. The resulting film premiered to an appreciative full house at Dante Hall Theater in Atlantic City.
We hope those who missed the premiere or maybe want to see it again with an even better edit, will join us in March at the Festival. We’ll let you know when we have an exact date and time. Thanks for listening.