Arhat: Taming the Dragon

Blind Summit has made this short film with Philip Haas for the Kimbell Art Gallery based on an ancient Chinese scroll that thy have in their collection.

The film was made with a cinemascope camera turned on its side to make a tall thin vertical image, and a lens with a focal length from 8 to 80 feet.

With moving cut-out waves, wind machines, live herons, puppet dragons, objects animated by fishing wire - a couple of days of improvised puppet special effects. Great fun and a beautiful, strange, funny 8 minute film.

It was projected onto a verical screen hanging in the pogoda which was re-constructed in the museum as part of Butchers, Dragons, Gods, and Skeletons: An Exhibition of Film Installation by Philip Haas Inspired by Works in the Collection.

Pictures from the filming:

by Philip Haas

With dragon and other puppetry by Blind Summit

Arhat tames
Arhat tames
Arhat shoot
Arhat shoot
Arhat shoot 2
Arhat shoot 2
Big dragon
Big dragon
Martin and Stewart on dragon middle
Martin and Stewart on dragon middle
Monk painting scroll
Monk painting scroll
Martin rigging a fish
Martin rigging a fish
Camera
Camera
Perspective with Dave
Perspective with Dave
Long shot
Long shot
Billy with eagle
Billy with eagle
Big fish
Big fish
Nick with Dragon
Nick with Dragon
mixing paint
mixing paint
Dragon limbs
Dragon limbs
Temple
Temple
The sea
The sea
Beneath the waves
Beneath the waves
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