Bygone Barns

Old country barns represent the memories of yesteryear as they speak through the objects left within them. This observational documentary captures the old mystique of these abandoned structures on 16mm film. Through the combination of image and sound, our hope is to immerse the viewer as if they are actually there.

  • Matthew McFarling
  • Kelli Wofford
  • Sean Davis
    Director of Photography
  • Alex Matthews
  • Shannon Silva
    Special Thanks
  • Matthew McFarling
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 42 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 2, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    240 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Cucalorus Film Festival
    United States
    November 11, 2016
    World Premiere
Director Biography - Matthew McFarling

Currently residing in Wilmington, NC, 21 year old Matt McFarling is a jack of all trades in the art of filmmaking. Captivated by the aesthetics of filmmaking, McFarling constantly looks to combine image and sound in ways that he has not done before. Whether it be directing, editing, acting, or sound design, he loves to collaborate and is always looking for new ways to contribute to projects.

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Director Statement

Our goal with this film was to give absolutely no clues that it was made in 2016. Whenever modern technology was incorporated, it was used "under the hood". In other words, the use of digital technology cannot be SEEN in this film.

Old barns were MADE to be shot on film. Getting to wield the Bolex camera with 16mm b&w reversal film was without a doubt the coolest and most unique filmmaking experience I've ever had. At 21 years old, I am very blessed to say I have shot a film on celluloid.

This film is about a dying way of life, which makes it perfect to be shot on a dying format (16mm).