Filmmaker and digital media expert Chris Coyle is no stranger to using film for a range of projects.
He was one of the first filmmakers to experiment with scanning digital photos and videos using digital technology.
His latest film, Unbreakable, uses film scanners to create a new kind of cinema experience that is silent, but with the freedom of movement that comes with digital technology, which can sometimes be too restrictive.
“Silence films are about bringing cinema back to a point where you can really be with the actors and the audience and still be able to experience cinema,” Coyle says.
“This is about being able to film without the restrictions of the physical medium, which is often too restrictive.”
Filmmaker Christopher Coyle uses a film scanner to create the film he’s making for Unbreakables film.
(Photo: Chris Coylesfilm scanner)Filmmakers are using film to create some of the most memorable moments in cinema history, including the silent film classic, The Silence of the Lambs, and the Oscar-winning documentary, The Sound of Music.
“Silence is one of cinema’s most important cinematic moments,” says Coyle.
“You have the actors, the music, and you have all the tension and emotion and emotion of a story unfolding.”
In his new documentary, Unbroken, Coyle explores the ways filmmakers have made cinema feel like a physical place, using film as an interactive experience that gives the viewer a sense of presence.
Unbreakless is the result of a collaborative process between Coyle, filmmaker Chris B. Williams, and producer and editor Michael E. Binder, which resulted in an entirely digital film.
“It’s a very intimate film that takes place in a small space, which gives us a sense that we’re not just filming the actors walking around,” says Binder.
“We’re filming this very intimate moment between these two actors.”
The film takes place inside the studio of an unknown filmmaker named Mark.
“I think a lot of what is going on in the film is happening in our heads, and it’s like you’re in that space where the actors are shooting and you’re feeling them,” says Williams.
“When you see it, it’s almost like you’ve seen the scene before, but this time you’re looking at it with a different perspective.”
“Silent films have always been an element of film that I feel like we’re going to keep going back to,” Coyesays.
“The only thing that’s changed is that now we have to create an experience that we can be in and we can do.”
Coyle is a filmmaker who has spent a significant amount of time in the world of film, having studied film and digital at the University of British Columbia and the National Film and Media Centre in Sydney.
He’s been creating films since he was a kid, but the first film he ever made was a silent film called A Boy Named Barry, in 1979.
“I’ve been doing this for 10 years,” he says.
“[Silent film] has been a very big part of my life.
I’ve always wanted to be a filmmaker.”
Filmed in the UK and Australia, UnBreakable follows a young boy named Barry who has to hide his identity as a film maker and go on a journey to become a film producer in the US.
“It’s really hard work, but it’s also very rewarding,” he tells the audience.
“And I think that’s what you want from your job.”
“When I was a young filmmaker, I had no idea that films could have that kind of a profound impact on people’s lives,” he adds.
“Filmmaking was really a very young experience.
And it’s been something that has really impacted on me as an artist and as a human being.”
We’re trying to take that experience to the next level.
“Unbreakables production company, Binder Films, is working on Unbreakably 2, a follow-up to Unbreakability that will be released in 2019.
“But we have the idea that it might have a future, and that we should all try to do something with it.””
As the name suggests, it has no connections whatsoever to the original film,” he explains.
“But we have the idea that it might have a future, and that we should all try to do something with it.”
Unbroken is due out in 2018.