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The Sleeping 8

Two interplanetary travelers awake on a foreign landscape. As they explore the new world, it slowly shifts and molds around them, transforming and integrating them as a part of it.

  • William S. Davis
    LONGSHOREMAN, Blood Letting
  • William S. Davis
  • Small Creatures
    Blood Letting, LONGSHOREMAN
  • Erik Murphy
    Blood Letting, Juice
  • Tracy L. Cummins
    Too Much Everyone, New Year New Me, Left Right
  • Albert Strawn
  • Derrick J. Hines
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Music Video
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 14 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 12, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Shooting Format:
    Digital (Sony A7sii)
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Director Biography - William S. Davis

William S. Davis was born and raised in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. He grew up in a small town surrounded on all sides by rolling foothills and soaked in an outsider history of moonshine, murder, outlaws, and entrepreneurs. His self-taught filmmaking began with borrowed cameras and VCRs. It continued in college while studying photography and a new world of possibilities with storytelling and artistic logic awakened after seeing Aguirre, The Wrath of God, and other medium-challenging films. His short film work has shown at festivals and galleries worldwide and focuses on unique connections that both build and destroy individuals and communities. Davis has served on a variety of community-based film boards and projects and is currently Program Director of the Joedance Film Festival. He is an Adjunct Faculty member in the Film Studies Program at UNC Charlotte and works full-time as CEO of production company Small Creatures. In addition to film work, Davis is an Eagle Scout, fine artist, and musician. For him, art exists to challenge, inform, and reinforce shared and individual belief systems. He believes the role of great art is to resonate beyond its reception through thought, discussion, destruction, and creation.

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Director Statement

'The Sleeping 8' is part of a 3-film cycle with musicians Bless These Sounds Under The City which explore layers of life, the mysteries that hide just under the surface and how music + visuals can be used as conduits of access.

Part One of the cycle, 'Too Much Everyone', is a single-take live performance filmed with a UV camera in a cavernous environment, revealing the performers' skin as seen through ultraviolet light.

Part Three of the cycle, 'An Iridescent Aura', is a forthcoming hand-drawn animation which dives through recognizable visual elements and morphs and transforms them into new realms of meaning and interaction.