13th Annual ASU Art Museum Short Film + Video Festival 2009 – In a Panorama

The ASU Art Museum Short Film and Video Festival back in 2005
The ASU Art Museum Short Film and Video Festival back in 2005

The Thirteenth Annual ASU Art Museum Short Film and Video Festival 2009 in Tempe, AZ

John Spiak, Curator at the Arizona State University Art Museum is largely responsible for this annual event, along with Bob Pece a southern California filmmaker. Together they have been putting on this free festival since 1997. ASU has been a great venue for this outdoor event thanks to the support of Heather Lineberry, Senior Curator at the Arizona State University Art Museum.

I have been photographing the festival on and off for years. The image above is from 2005 and a version of it appears on the official web site for the festival where info on the individual films can be found:

Short Film and Video Festival | ASU Art Museum | ASU Herberger College of the Arts

The image below is from the 2008 festival.


ASU Art Museum Short Film + Video Festival 2008
ASU Art Museum Short Film + Video Festival 2008

This year I decided to photograph the event in a slightly different way. I used a homemade panoramic tripod set up that I designed and built. Below is a reduced size pano photograph which can be scrolled.

A wide panoramic photograph of the 13th Annual ASU Art Museum Film and Video Festival 2009 by Ken Storch     – Scroll sideways to see the whole image –

It’s a composite of 8 separate photos. The light level was low enough that I had to use fairly long exposures (2.5 secs) which is why some people are blurred due to their movements during the exposures. I’ll be posting another piece on my ‘cheap to build gear’, and the Adobe Photoshop stitching technique used. Stay tuned to this channel for updates. (Actually, subscribing to the site by email is best! or by RSS to your reader  ;> )

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BTW, Bob is visible in his customary position near the projector, and John is at the front doing the intros.

A good time was had by all again this year. Thanks to John, and Bob, and Heather.

Ken Storch

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8 thoughts on “13th Annual ASU Art Museum Short Film + Video Festival 2009 – In a Panorama

  1. I’ve been to several of these shows. I had a good time at each. The films vary widely, but the whole thing is fun and free.

    Great panoramic.

  2. wow, what a great pano! I would love to know how you did it!! And in such low light. I would have expected a lot more blur. GREAT!!!

  3. I’m still amazing at how much detail and clarity is in this shot! Great capture, I’m especially fond of the sleeping girl in the far left 🙂

    1. Thanks, Alyssa. I’m really pleased with the shot. I like the balance between clarity and the movement blur due to the long exposure. It makes everything come off as alive and dynamic. Much more so than a photographically ‘frozen’ shot would have been, I’m thinking.

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