David Domingo is also known as Stanley Sunday in the universe of moving pictures. Although his work is still pretty unknown and underrated, he has become an expert in the field of analogue videos. In this 3-part interview, we delve into Stanley Sunday's brilliant pop-cultural world of personal footage.
What are your common subjects and themes when shooting videos on film?
The main subject of my movies use to be someone who really likes to be filmed. It’s kind of a narcissistic thing. And they have some fun during the shooting day. We met at some place (usually my own home) and start filming, we talk and have fun. I really like the relationship that creates such a moment, I really enjoy it. As my movies are pretty caotic thing, actors I work with use to be clueless, not knowing exactly we are doing, but that just makes the experience funnier because it’s as my superstars would have saying “I don’t have a bloody idea about we are doing, but please keep on filming me”.
Then we have the objects. I take one of them I ask myself, for what reason am I going to film this potato? And next I think, “you are not filming, the camera does, and you are going to be surprised by the result. That’s for sure!”
And at last, there is the found footage thing, another people movies. Fragments of vintage movies from the golden age of the super 8 comercial releases, I cut and paste and became part of my own movie.
Do you also use other analogue/film cameras? Have you tried/Do you own Lomographic cameras?
Usually I take pictures with my Nikon F501. There was a time when I liked very much Polaroid 500 and 600. And lately I’ve been trying a Polaroid Land, though as I’m broke, all my monetary resources at this moment goes to Super 8 and 16mm adventure.
We all have our idols, which artists/photographers do you look up to?
One of my biggest influences at a technical level is this guy, Blain Brown, the director of movies such as “American Kickboxer 2”. Blain Brown wrote a book called “Motion Picture and Video Lightning”. I don’t know if it is the best technical photography handbook, but that’s what I found out in the book store near my house. It’s full of technical information, quite difficult, I’m constantly rereading the book, and I’m learning its teachings gently.
Another big influence for me is the work of the spanish cinematographer Nestor Almendros. I really love “The blue lagoon”, whose visual look and texture is just what I want for my future films. This is a truly inspiring movie for me. In his book “A man with a camera” Nestor Almendros tell us about things like using mirrors to take advantage of lightning conditions, and right now, when I’ve just began filming on location, I never forget to take a mirror with me.
Apart from that, the king of Super 8 here in Spain is Iván Zulueta. His film “Arrebato” works as a bible for anyone who want to do something with this picture film format.
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This is a mixing from movies I bought in ebay, others that I found in Derann (the legendary shop who recently closed its internet mail selling service of super 8 and 16mm), plus another ones a friend gave it to me. There’s also some shots of my cat, filmed by myself. Finally, a friend of mine found the perfect title for the film: “A movie that portraits the wonders of the world as seen trough the eyes of a cat”.
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