Acid Ball

Film Portfolio: Fiction, Experimental, and Documentary

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Demo reel

Aaron Dylan Kearns Demo Reel from Aaron Dylan Kearns (EyeOdyssey) on Vimeo.

Experimental Shorts

Weightless Bird in a Falling Cage, 2017
Direction, cinematography, editing, and music by Aaron Kearns. Duration: 11:59

Production of this short started in November of 2016. At the time, we were in a Midtown apartment building, one in which I had grown up. It was not a “luxury” building. Instead, it was one that offered affordable living in an urban situation. It was a “neighborhood” building. There were a number of people who were living there when we moved in who were still there when we were all forced out by gentrification. It was home. The building had problems and needed repairs, but this story is still one of gentrification that empties neighborhoods of long resident populations. As a young teen, interested in artistic expression and going into film, the neighborhood that was my home was already the place and subject of several of my short films. This film was begun as a sort of representation of the alienation we all felt when forced from our homes, and our community. It was a goodbye.

In Weightless Bird in a Falling Cage, a faceless protagonist witnesses first hand a similar situation as his home is overtaken by development. The forces behind it are demanding him to leave, but also consequently push him further and further into his now not-home.

Weightless Bird In A Falling Cage from Aaron Dylan Kearns (EyeOdyssey) on Vimeo.

Leftovers, 2017
Director, editor, cinematographer and writer. Duration 10:16.

The first seed of inspiration for this film of mine was planted back in late 2016, when I went to an arthouse styled screening of the films of James Krell.

Ever since his creative prime from the 1960s to the early 80s, Krell has been acknowledged by his, albeit small, following as being one of the most influential and profound minds in the American experimental film scene. His works are cryptic, they never leave straight answers, and viewing them is like entering an alternate reality where familiar imagery is used to create a non narrative landscape that can best be described as super reality.

Seeing his works that night, my general perspective of experimental cinema made a great shift. Leftovers is my first step into a new field of filmmaking which I hadn’t taken on before.

Leftovers from Aaron Dylan Kearns (EyeOdyssey) on Vimeo.

Velocity into Execution, 2017
Director, editor, cinematographer and writer. Duration: 5:30.

Velocity Into Execution from Aaron Dylan Kearns (EyeOdyssey) on Vimeo.

But to Me, You're Beautiful, 2016
Cinematography by Aaron Kearns.

Turbulence Around the Moon, 2016
Cinematography and original music by Aaron Kearns.

Fiction

The Counting Man, 2015.
Running time: 8 minutes and 54 seconds.
Direction and everything: I did everything. You name it. I did it.
On a budget of about $100.
Concept, direction, video, editing, music. Even the acting. It took me about three months.
Synopsis: A hermit obsessing over a numbers station is left to live within an absurd “Twilight Zone” based reality. It will be either one of the funniest horror films you’ll ever see or one of the most unsettling comedies to ever be made. It is the cinematic rorschach test.
Festivals: "The Counting Man" was in the 2015 Smells Like Teen Film Festival at the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta.

Aaron Kearns' "The Counting Man" from Aaron Dylan Kearns (EyeOdyssey) on Vimeo.

Bloopers and Outtakes from "The Counting Man", 2015
Running time: 1 minute and 47 seconds.

Documentary

Tree People, 2016
Running time: 10 minutes and 27 seconds
Who did what: I did everything but music composition. Martin Kearns did music composition.
Budget: Zero dollars.
We have gotten our Winter Solstice tree every year (that I can remember) from Big John's Christmas Trees at Ansley Mall.
They've all worked there forever and watched me grow up.
I asked if I could film what their day was like. They said yes.
I had a great time. These are nice people.

Unfortunately, due to release problems I don't have the film available for public viewing currently. Hopefully, soon, because this is a great documentary with a lot of personality.



Rusted Waters and Busted Trucks, 2015
Running time: 6 minutes and 9 seconds
Director, cinematographer, editing.
Budget: Zero dollars.
The footage to this short was originally shot in early 2015, with this certain edit being a complete revision from Rusted Waters' original draft. The soundtrack to the short is by artist Fuji Fujimoto. The tracks used are Regenesis and Mercurial, both of which are from her album Skyrise at iTunes.
Festivals: An older cut of "Rusted Waters and Busted Trucks" was in the 2015 Smells like Teen Film Festival at the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta.

Earlier Films From 16 YOA And Under

Light, 2014
Running time: 2 minutes and 44 seconds
Who did what: I did everything except music composition.
Budget: What budget?
Synopsis: Returning home to find the power is out, our subject attempts to make light.
Festivals: "Light" was in the 2014 Reel Riot Film Festival at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.

Light from Aaron Dylan Kearns (EyeOdyssey) on Vimeo.

Tip-Top the Penguin in "Feeling Left Out", 2014
Running time: 57 seconds
Who did what: I did everything except music composition.
Budget: Zero dollars.
A fun juvenile freshman project from when I was 16.



Tip-Top the Penguin in "Not Feeling Well", 2014
Running time: 57 seconds
Who did what: I did everything except music composition.
Budget: Zero dollars.
Another fun juvenile freshman project from when I was 16.
Festivals: Tip-Top the Penguin in "Not Feeling Well" was in the 2014 Reel Riot Film Festival at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.

Day on the Mat, 2013
Running time: 24 minutes and 15 seconds
Who did what: I did everything except music composition. Thank you to Junko Takeo and Takana Miyamoto for the music.
Budget: Zero dollars.
The title was inspired, of course, by Kubrick's "Day of the Fight".
It was my first documentary project, made when I was 15, and took about a month to shoot and a week to edit.
The place? The Aikido Center of Atlanta. My thanks to them.