Sky Stares at the Water

An experimental video artwork uniting natural and built environments using motion collage that is intensified through enhanced reflection.

  • Stephen Bretschneider
    Director
  • Stephen Bretschneider
    Music
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    2 minutes 44 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 30, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Group Exhibition: Gallery5 "Colors"
    Richmond, VA
    United States
    September 1 – Sept 30, 2021
  • International Sound Future Awards
    New York City
    United States
    Semi-Finalist, Experimental Music Video
  • Munich Short Film Awards
    Munich
    Germany
    July 29, 2023
    Semi-Finalist, Best Experimental
  • Paris International Short Festival
    Paris
    France
    September 29, 2023
    Semi-Finalist
  • San Francisco Arthouse Short Festival
    San Francisco
    United States
    October 13, 2023
    Semi-Finalist, Best experimental short
  • Rio de Janeiro World Film Festival
    Rio de Janeiro
    Brazil
    October 30, 2023
    Best Experimental Short/Semi-Finalist
  • San Diego International Film Awards
    San Diego
    United States
    November 13, 2023
    Best Experimental Short/Semi-Finalist
  • Nashville Independent Filmmakers Festival
    Nashville, TN
    United States
    December 11, 2023
    Best Experimental Short/Semi-Finalist
  • Brussels World Film Festival
    Brussels
    Belgium
    November 13, 2023
    Best Experimental Short/Semi-Finalist
  • Sacramento Independent Film Festival
    Sacramento, CA
    United States
    November 29, 2023
    Semi-Finalist/Experimental Short
  • International Cosmopolitan Film Festival of Tokyo
    Tokyo
    Japan
    December 7, 2023
    Semi-Finalist/Best Micro Short
Director Biography - Stephen Bretschneider

Steve Bretschneider is an American-born graphic designer, filmmaker, and video artist. He has a BFA degree from Syracuse University's College of Visual and Performing Arts. Bretschneider creates short video works exploring the harmonic relationship of art and science. Other works examine the relationship between natural and built environments. These use collages of graphic elements layered over urban and nature footage.
He lives in Richmond, Virginia.

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Director Statement

Flags/sails installed in an outdoor pool alter how our perceptions reflect reality. Flags, sky, trees, and city architecture interact in rippling water—referencing the environment not replacing it. The footage was shot with a personal iPhone then digitally collaged and enhanced to create a landscape in which the sky above and the stones below alternately share our focus.