Norman Bosworth
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 In some of your nature work you use close-up videography to give us striking images of the smallest details.  At the same time you give us expansive vistas and landscapes.  How have you developed these techniques of near and far, micro and macro?  What draws you to explore such perspectives?

 Norman Bosworth: The world exists at different levels and these levels exist always at the same time. I am left with a sense of wonder at the beauty that exists in the micro and the macro throughout all of nature. When I am filming I tend to see this great depth of visual delight both near and far. Because I am so taken by the beauty I see, I would like everyone else to enjoy the rich depth of macro and micro perspectives as well. The delicate balance of light and shadow mixed with distance and composition are poetic to me. These visual elements are a challenge to represent through filming for others to see and enjoy. More than anythi ng I hope to bring to the viewer a sense of the wonder and the magnificence that life is. 

As a filmmaker I often try to give the viewer a perspective on the micro that many people never take the time to see. Perhaps through my images the audience will sense another view of life. I would love the audience to carry the possibility of a new view over to the patterns they are seeing in their own lives. 

 You have often pushed the state-of-the-art as you develop new techniques in your work - what new technical directions current hold your interest?

   Norman Bosworth: I see a huge moving towards the high definition viewing experience for people everywhere. I think getting a handle on HD will serve any filmmaker now and in the future.

 What are your current projects?

 Norman Bosworth: Currently I am finishing up working on my part of the PBS documentary titled “Sweetwater Rescue”. This is a film showing the western movement of American emigrants in the 1800’s to the Great Salt Lake Basin. The story is one of sacrifice, love and belief mixed with hardship and death on the trail westward. The program airs on PBS nationally forth quarter 2006.


How can we, as viewers and listeners, use your works to bring harmony to the world?

 Norman Bosworth: That is a great question. If I can help others feel peaceful, reduce stress in life, and  remind people of the beauty in the world where there exists so much turmoil, then I feel like in my small way I am making a contribution. All of us need balance a certain ability to turn inward and just enjoy the magic that life is. As we do this we are bringing harmony to ourselves and to the world.

 When you edit do you fit music to the visuals, visuals to the music, or some method in between?  How do you achieve such a close correlation between your work and the soundtrack?

 Norman Bosworth: When I edit I go by feelings. For me it works best to free my mind and just feel what the footage I have filmed wants to say. Sometimes I start with the footage and find the harmony between light and color. Then I work on the music that complements the imagery. Other times I have a sense that a certain piece of music offers what I want and then I look for images that do the music justice. Either way the important thing is to find balance that compliments the beauty of both.

Don Slepian
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Don Slepian is an internationally known electronic musician, recording artist, and concert performer. Described by Rolling Stone magazine as "one of the genre's major talents", Slepian's live electronic concerts have been sponsored by radio stations, scientific groups, computer societies and universities.


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