We knew from the outset of this project that we wanted the
film to be a very visual experience.That made choosing to shoot on Super 35mm, and using the Kodak Vision II
stock a really easy choice forcapturing as much detail as possible.While story-boarding we often discussed perspective.Visually we tried to be aware of not
forcing any shots and just letting the film have its own existence.The result of that idea was placing the
camera in natural viewpoints on the island.The viewpoint of birds, sand crabs and fish were the main
In terms of narrative we wanted that to exist independently
in the same way as our shots.Some
of the ideas behind the story were attention to process, frustration and
failures of communication.The
long opening scene of HAL on the beach is all about process as we watch his
daily routine over a period of perhaps hours or even weeks.Rather than using a filmmaking device
like parallel editing to connect the chracters it is the process, or rather the
unintended product, that connects the film and drives the narrative to a
is an everyman, alone on a beach, drifting from routine to aimlessness and
back. His task is plain: decorate the slow, expansive time stretched endlessly
before him. Anna, too, is alone, a carefree child tied - like all of us - to
the peculiar and apathetic alchemy of the universe.
Reviews for "TIDE":
"A beautiful, compelling film"
- David D. Williams (Director of "Thirteen" and
"Lillian," Sundance winner)
"TIDE again proves that 35mm photography in high
contrast and difficult location situations is still the only way to capture
world class cinematic images...images here wash over you with both beauty and a
dread that walks hand in hand in both nature and cinema.Well worth a look."
- Rob Tregenza
(Director of "Inside/Out" and "Talking to Strangers,"
The planning for Tide
began with the location.Producer,
Bryant Dameron explained an island that he lived near as a child to Shane
Rochelau and Jacob Dodd.The
island in White Stone, Virgnia, refered to locally as “The Ceders,”is in fact not really an island at
all.It is connected tothe mainland by a large marsh.In post-production the opening shot of
the film had CG work to make the island into a real classical film type
Getting the Shots:
There were many challenges in making "Tide."
Aerial shots, under-water shots and floating camera shots were some of the
special circumstances that we had to plan for in pre-production. We built our
own floating high-hat to be able to get shots from the perspective of a wave.
We considered building our own underwater housing, but instead ended up renting
a hydroflex. The aerial shots we created by simply shooting out of the window
of an small single engine airplane to simulate the viewpoint of a bird. We
wanted all of the shots to be from a "natural" viewpoint, so we were
constantly doing things like digging holes in the sand to get the camera lens
down to ground level.
There was no casting for Tide.Ken Abrams is a friend, and former Boy
Scout leader of ProducerBryant
Dameron.Ken had a lot of outdoor
knowledge from his experiences in the army and scouting.In addition when he was younger Ken
homesteaded in Yellow Stone National Park for serveral months before the Park
Rangers discovered his prescense and forced him to leave the park.Also he knew how to carve and even made
all the prop boats for the film.All those experiences allowed Ken to truly become HAL when the cameras
Maddie Gunter is another nonprofessional actor, althougth
she did play a drowning child in play for the school where her mother
teaches.Unlike in Tide, the water in the play was only confetti.Producer, Shane Rocheleau reccomended
Maddie for the role, and she was chosen as soon as Bryant Dameron and Jacob
Dodd heard her sing the opening lines of the film.
About the Filmmakers
Shane Rocheleau was born in Falmouth, Massachusetts in
1977. He currently resides in De Pere, Wisconsin. He received his B.A. (1999)
in Psychology and English from
St. Michael's College in Colchester, Vermont, a
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate (2005) in Fine Arts from Maryland Institute
College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland, and his M.F.A. (2007) in Photography
and Film from Virginia Commonwealth University (V.C.U.). Presently, he serves
as a Professor of Art at St. Norberts College.
Jacob DoddExcutive Producer/Camera Operator
Jacob A. Dodd is originally from Kittanning, Pennsylvania.
He graduated cum laude from Ithaca College earning a B.F.A. in Film,
Photography, and Visual Arts and a minor in Art History. Dodd received his
M.F.A. in Photography and Film from Virginia Commonwealth University in
Richmond, Virginia. Dodd's work has been recognized by the Athens
International Film + Video Festival, the Rosebud Film & Video Festival,
the James River Film Festival, and the DC Independent Film Festival. Dodd works
fulltime at Virginia Commonwealth University as an Assistant Professor and
Department Coordinator of Technology.
Bryant Dameron was born in
White Stone, Virginia in 1983.He has exhibited work internationally and across the USA in film
festivals, gallery exhibtions, and television.Recent exhibitions include Videoholica 08 in Bulgaria, and
809 International New Image Art Festival in China. He graduated Virginia Tech in 2005 with a degree in Mass Media
Communications, and in 2007 received a MFA degree from Virginia Commonwealth
University. He currently lives and works in