The Works of Vincent Moon
Vincent Moon (real name Mathieu Saura) was born in Paris in 1979. At the age of 18, he decided he wanted to see it all, to learn things on his own, out of curiosity, even if that could have led to overfeedin. It took him almost ten years. From that experience, images came out, through photography first, which he studied under the influence of Michael Ackerman and Antoine D’Agata.
This series of outdoor/wild documentaries consists in improvised video sessions with musicians, set in unexpected locations and broadcast freely on the web. In 4 years, he managed to shoot over two hundred clips with bands like “REM, Arcade Fire, Sufjan Stevens, Beirut, Grizzly Bear
” and many more. He perfected a style immediately recognizable of intimate, fragile, dancing and shadowing long shots, and at the same time changed the whole idea of what should be a music video. The whole ‘concept’ has been then exported throughout the world by lots of young filmmakers inspired by this natural organic approach to music.
Exploring new forms and territories being not only a metaphor, Vincent Moon has been on the road for more than a year now, exploring the world with a camera in his backpack, and documenting his quest of sounds. He deals with visionary notions about images, society and new technologies on his blog (fiumenights.com), and is developing now a lifetime project: to document local energies around the world, as temporary areas, often one shot performances/films, where the limits between creators and audience is blurred as much as possible. Fighting against the idea of professionalism and trying to develop his work without money engaged, involving local creators as much as possible, dealing with the new notion of amateurism in the 21st century, a lot is still to come. “Often people ask me about how i record, film, create those colors etc… it’s all very simple, and here’s my little recipe. I film mostly those days with the Panasonic 171, on which I use a shotgun mic. I record sounds separately using a 4-track recorder, on which I plug from 1 to 4 standard Sennheiser wireless transmitters, using different laveliers, Sanken or Tram. I also use one or two ambient mics if possible on the 4-track , an omni directionnal and an ultra directionnal being a perfect deal. I often add to all this another isolated small recorder, the Zoom H2 being really cheap and good stuff. I then work on final cut pro all of my edits, and even do the color corrections in it. I would advice Compressor to compress the videos then, and of course the wonderful Vimeo website to host them on the web.”