Filmmaker | Curator | Organizer | Educator

Miami | Fort Lauderdale | Palm Beach, Florida, United States
Shane Eason is a time based media artist, curator and educator living and practicing in the metro Miami and Fort Lauderdale area. His formal experimental films are conscience studies in self identity and abstraction with subtle hints of documentation. His film and video work has screened internationally in festivals and art galleries. Currently, bills are paid by teaching as a cinema production professor at Florida Atlantic University.

winter | night | toronto | 2008

winter | night | toronto | 2008

winter | day | miami | 2008

winter | day | miami | 2008


The 2nd 1:1 Super 8 Film Festival

For the 2nd time in South Florida, and after 9 successful years, the original One Take Super 8 Event presents the 2nd 1:1 Super 8 Film Festival. 25 independent filmmakers from South Florida and beyond will load their cameras to take part in this year’s spectacle. These 3-minute “masterpieces” will truly display the diversity and creativity of independent filmmakers of South Florida. The One Take Super 8 Event was established in 2000 by (ex)Saskatchewan filmmaker Alex Rogalski, now in Toronto, as a way to help create more independent films by a variety of artists, while giving the local community an opportunity to view these films collectively. The concept of using super 8 cameras is centered on the idea that super 8, often discarded to antiquity in this digital age, is still the most affordable film gauge for independent filmmakers. In recent years, more attention has been given to this film format, as it once sat on the edge of extinction. Now its effects are seen in major Hollywood films, as well as music videos and mainstream television advertisements.

The popularity of this noncompetitive festival has enabled it to return each year with more filmmakers participating. To date over 500 films have been created, collected and distributed for the One Take Super 8 Event; drawn sold out audiences to its screenings; produced 3 television episodes for community television in Canada; had films from the event screened throughout Canada, Japan, Australia, United States and other nations; produced a DVD collection of the films for distribution; been organized, funded, and supported by it's filmmakers, arts organizations and corporations; been featured in radio, print and online articles and reviews.

The event has also expanded from Regina (2000-Present) to a number of cities throughout North America. The first being Montreal (2005) and the second being Metro Fort Lauderdale/Miami. Furthermore, this was also the first time the One Take Super 8 Event left Canada for a jaunt south of 49. The Fort Lauderdale/Miami show (2006), coordinated by (ex)Saskatchewan filmmaker and Florida Atlantic University Film Production Professor Shane Eason (via Regina/Montreal/Fort Lauderdale), spawned 20 films, some new and some programmed from previous shows.

The 1:1 Super 8 Film Festival and it’s sister events such as the OTS8 are distinct film spectacles, in that none of the films are viewed before the screening. The filmmakers are not allowed to edit or preview their films prior to the screening. What they shoot in camera is what is shown. There is no physical cuts or splices allowed. There is no opportunity to make changes and the sound tracks must be prerecorded or performed live. One take! One night! This concept leads to some exciting and refreshing films, and a rare opportunity for public viewing.

Already a hot topic of discussion among artists yearning for the sight, sound and smell of super 8 film, this soon to be annual autumn screening has adopted a fresh title for the Fort Lauderdale show, the 1:1 Super 8 Film Festival. This festival will continue to remain true from it’s inception, and hold concepts and cinematic attributes associated with the original manifesto of the One Take Super 8 Event that began years ago.

The 1:1 Super 8 Film Festival is happening December 11th, 2009 at The Bubble, 810 NE 4th Ave., in Fort Lauderdale. Doors will open at 7 PM and the screening will begin at 7:30 PM. A $5 suggested donation will be accepted upon entry. After party to follow at the Briny Riverfront located at 305 South Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Filmmakers will be in attendance at the screening, however the program is subject to change. Special guest, Alex Rogalski will also be in attendance and will be holding a short lecture before the screening on the history of the One take Super 8 Event and the aesthetic characteristics associated with super 8 film making and exhibition.

Alex Rogalski was raised in the small town of Melville, Saskatchewan. He studied film production at the University of Regina, where he was introduced to the worlds of David Rimmer, Allan King and Unit B. Thus began a life of travel and a passion for small film. He has been the director of the One Take Super 8 Event since 2000, promoting and screening small-gauge cinema across Canada and the United States. His own super 8 films have screened across Canada, the US, and Europe. Rogalski moved to Toronto in 2004 to complete his master’s degree in communication and culture at York University and serves as a board member at the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre. He has guest lectured at Concordia University, the University of Regina and Oberlin College. Since 2007, he has been a member of the Toronto International Film Festival’s Short Cuts Canada programming committee. He has also served as a panelist for Canada's Top Ten 2008 and programmed for numerous festivals including Human Rights Watch, Images, and Pop Montreal.

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Acknowledgements Florida Atlantic University, FAU School of Communication and Multimedia Studies, FAU Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, The Bubble, Independent Working Artists Network (IWAN), One Take Super 8 Event, Briny Riverfront Irish Bar and Restaurant, Exclusive Film and Video, Eastman Kodak USA, Ghost Shadow Studio


Chester Gillette + Grace Brown Documentary

I returned from NY and Connecticut in one piece, considering I flew standby, which obviously has it's positive and negative characteristics. How? Positive in the sense that it's cheap and quick, if it's in the low season of travel. And negative in the sense that it can be very time consuming during the high season of travel, which in-turn is an extremely frustrating experience due to the countless flight bumps. Aside from the air travel and airport naps, it was a good trip and a great opportunity to get behind the camera for a colleague.

Derek Taylor (Dir.), Mike Bay (HD DP), Kate Taylor (Foto + Food), myself (16 mm DP), and a small crew of Southern Connecticut State University students (Jay and Alex) and local talents spent 5 days shooting a new documentary on Chester Gillette and Grace Brown.
It was 1908 in Herkimer County, New York when Gillette was accused of killing his pregnant lover and somewhat secretive companion Grace Brown. Gillette, at the time of the homicide, allegedly clubbed Brown on the head with his tennis racket while they sat idle in a small row boat on Big Moose Lake located in the Adirondacks. She fell overboard and struggled to stay afloat, eventually drowning. He swam ashore to a waiting suitcase of which he placed prior to the incident and fled on foot. Although the evidence gathered by the detectives was largely circumstantial, Gillette was later caught, tried, convicted and later executed by electric chair at Auburn Prison.

There were a number of shooting locations used for the documentary. The first was a small lake in rural NY. The second was the actual Herkimer County Jail built in 1934 where Gillette spent his days after arrest and during trial. The third location was at a turn of the century home built in the early 1900's located in Lincoln, NY.

Hours of footage were collected on HD, along with 2000+ feet of 16 mm film burned. All this footage will add to the hours of previous interview and archival footage collected by Taylor and Bay.

Next step for Taylor's film is post production. Until then, here is press and production stills from the documentary: Herkimer Telegram, SCSU@Facebook, Utica Observer Dispatch, WKTV Utica, NY. Liz Taylor and Montgomery Clift would be proud.


Connecticut + New York

In a few days I will be heading to New York, New Haven and Hartford, CT for a 10 day trip and film shoot for Derek Taylor's documentary film project tentatively titled "The Plight of the Blithe". I will also be shooting footage for another project of my own titled, "there once was a rocket in his red glare". Taylor's film will be shot in HD and on 16 mm. For the 16 mm component, we are using a Krasnogorsk K-3. The footage for my project will be shot on super 8 with a Chinon Pacific 200/12XL. I can't wait to get my project done. It's been in preproduction for some time. Taylor's film has also been in development for a couple of years, so it will be a relief to get principal photography out of the way for both projects.


Who's Jimmy Buffett?

I recently spent 3 days in Key West. It was this past Memorial Day weekend. My partner Sheena and I stayed with a local artist and friend Nik who has a nice cottage style home in the heart of "old town". Nik has her home turned into an independent gallery and shop. She has a flair for the swingin' 60's and two very cute dachshunds. Next time I'll be sure to take my dog to join in on the entertainment. Check the place out, along with her art work and store at Art Zodiac and at Etsy.

We spent a lot of time walking the streets filling our mouths with food and drink. We found a number of good restaurants where everyone from out of town goes, such as The Bull & Whistle and Hogs Breath but a small, 24 hour cuban take out/laundromat called Sandy's Cafe stood out. To our surprise, the food there was amazing. I had a great cuban sandwich there, among other dishes. I think we had eaten there 3-4 times, plus it was only a half block from the house.
We also spent time socializing and watching the locals (or conchs), avoiding free roaming chickens in the streets and hitting the beach where the water is so shallow that small, white angel fish would follow us in our shadows. We also took time to wander into the Garden of Eden, a clothing optional club on a Duval Street rooftop. We kept our closes on.

We took time out to see the Hemingway House and the poly dactyl cats that roam the property. We drove by Tennessee Williams Theatre but did not venture in. Its part of the Florida Keys Community College and they were on a summer schedule.

Aside, I was also able to burn a few rolls of 7280 Ektachrome film. I still need to process it, but I will be going back down by this summer's end to burn a few more rolls, this time in the middle keys. Not sure where I am going to use the footage but I am indeed working on a film based installation entitled "erosion", so maybe this is where is could be useful. I'll keep everyone posted.