#ANIMALFARM #BTS is an experimental behind-the-scenes look at a fashion editorial photo shoot. Filmmaker Nick Bast films photographer Falyn Huang as models and crew take photos and videos to immediately upload to Instagram. This video questions the purpose and value of traditional videography and linear editing in an era when media consumption, from creation to distribution, has become so abundant and immediate.

  • Nick Bast Thompson
  • Falyn Huang
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 30, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Nick Bast Thompson

Nick Bast is a Chicago based video artist and filmmaker. He received a BA in commercial film production at Columbia College Chicago in 2016. SInce then he has been making independently produced experimental video work that explores media, identity, and class in contemporary society

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Director Statement

As I walked around the set of this visually stunning photo shoot by Chicago photographer Falyn Huang, my big DSLR and I were confronted with a stark reality. The entire time, cast, crew, and everyone else were recording bits and pieces on their phones and instantly uploading to their Instagram feeds with the marker #BTS. Many images appeared as an 'InstaStory' feature, dissapearing forever within a day.
I kept thinking about what I was doing there--besides the fact that I was asked by the artist. Most people would have seen all they've wanted to see by the time I would finish an edit several weeks later. What is the purpose of a DSLR and editing software when everything can be done on a phone?
In crafting this is little video essay, I wanted to explore media abundance, instant gratification through Instagram, and the phone as a new media tool vs traditional but not yet obsolete resources such as a formal camera and NLEs.