Don Baker

Boundary Hunting :: Don Baker

Boundary Hunting :: Don Baker

A light-hearted exploration of what a boundary is. I may have embellished some of the wording in a few of the signs. And I may have exaggerated a few things here and there. Bucky Fuller never crushed anyone with a sledge hammer that I know of. The girl with the gun is based on a true story, as they say. The video was shot around Eastlake and Gasworks Park. The ocean was filmed at Malibu. The IPA was consumed on location in Bellingham. The motion graphics were prepared in Photoshop and created in After Effects. It was all assembled in Premiere Pro. Created for Seattle Minute Movies, July 2014.


Water Wizard :: Don Baker

Water Wizard :: Don Baker

This short video touches on the brilliance of Austrian forester Viktor Schauberger (1885-1958).
He is considered the first eco-pioneer, and was nicknamed the Water Wizard. From observing nature, he learned many of her secrets and put them to use in innovative and useful ways. Yet he remains unknown to most people. There are several fascinating books on him and his discoveries and machines, which include sophisticated diagrams. I believe he was a truly brilliant person and is comparable to inventors of the stature of Buckminster Fuller.

The hardest part of this video was trying to condense an immense amount of work into a few simple statements. The video was shot at Lake Quinault. I used simple water scenes with text to tell this, as his materials and photos are protected by copyright laws.

Time is the Interval :: Don Baker

Time is the Interval :: Don Baker

I am interested in the way we communicate the idea of time and time management, using symbols, icons, timelines and other structures to codify and organize around it in manageable ways. Yet as much as we adhere to structure and schedules regarding time, we also know that time is malleable, that the way we think about it affects the way we perceive it.

Although we know that time is now, our minds treat the past as real, and the I ching offers a window into possible future actions.

This video feels like a moving painting of vignettes more than a linear narrative, and perhaps that is fitting enough, considering that when we create, we look to the past while envisioning something yet to be formed, stretching linear time in both directions.

Details: Canon Vixia HF200, H2 Zoom audio recorder, Illustrator, Photoshop, Flash, After Effects, Premiere Pro

The audio track is from iPhone ringtones.