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Wood + Sulfur + Phosphorus (An Exothermic Chemical Reaction)

A man strikes a match and something comes over him. He travels great distances with the match... for a purpose.

  • Ryan Buyssens
  • Ryan Buyssens
  • Ryan Buyssens
  • Aaron Buyssens
    Key Cast
  • Michelle Zapoluch
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 15, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    50 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Shooting Format:
    Super 8 Film
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Ryan Buyssens

Ryan Buyssens was born and raised near Detroit, MI; an environment that imparted a rich, lifelong influence from the automotive industry’s mechanized culture. He received his MFA at Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2004, is a recipient of the North Carolina Artist Fellowship and has exhibited his work internationally. Notable exhibitions that his work has been included in are: Kinetica - 2013 at Manifest Gallery, Cincinatti, OH; The 2014 World Maker Faire, New York City; the 2015 3D PrintShow in London, Paris and Dubai; and at the 2018 Currents New Media - Santa Fe, NM. His work can be found in the collections of Fidelity Investments, Ultimaker Corporation and The Orlando Science Center. Ryan is currently an Assistant Professor of Digital Media and Art at New College of Florida. As an artist, inventor and maker, he expresses his commentary on logic and progress through the manipulation of various media.

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Director Statement

This film was originally conceived and filmed in 1993 using super 8 film. The film reels were then developed and boxed up and forgotten - untouched and uncut and never shown. The reels were believed to have been lost until they were discovered in a box last year. The raw, uncut film was then digitally scanned, edited and reworked, soundtrack added, etc. - all in these past few months.

As such, changes in ideas (resulting in its editing and soundtrack) as well as technology used in its completion, this film ended up different than it would have been if completed back in 1993.