Psychotropic Film’s solar-powered Post-Production Studio
made of earth, evolves in Arivaca, Arizona
A studio is a place where ideas are imagined and projects take shape. Typically a studio is laid-out for efficient tasks, ease of equipment use and access to practical resources. However, as the design of my studio has evolved during this building’s construction over the past ten years, I’ve thought very little about practical aspects of this ‘space’. Maybe there was a reason for this. What I realize now as the building has evolved, is that the architecture itself, not necessarily the utility of the space, will provide the environment for deliberation, contemplation and timelessness, required to inspire the creative process for digital film/media projects in development and yet imagined.
The Arivaca Film Exhibition Achieves 12-Year Mark
When you live in an isolated rural town, you need to create your own entertainment. Back in 2006, I wanted to create a film event for the community in order to bring interesting and informative independent films that have relevance to the area, environment and people. I wanted to differentiate the Arivaca Film Exhibition from a typical ‘film festival’ in the sense that I curate the works from what I discover from area filmmakers to provide unique content, not readily available on TV, the theaters and even sometimes the Internet. Held the first weekend each March, the Arivaca Film Exhibition is a hidden gem.
THE DOME Wins ‘Best of Arizona’ at the 2017 AIFF
Director Adam Ray of Taxman Films and Bart Santello of Psychotropic Films teamed-up and collaborated on a doc-u-film project THE DOME which was completed in March of 2017, just in time for the Arizona International Film Festival in Tucson this past April. THE DOME was well-received at the AIFF and claimed the prize for the “Best of Arizona” category, with our film depicting the construction of an earthen studio topped with a cob (straw/clay) dome. The film has not been published online at this time, but the ‘teaser’ is available for now.
After a year-long application and review process, Psychotropic Films was awarded a Trademark designation in October of 2011. The Service Mark is for.. “…FILM AND VIDEO PRODUCTION IN THE FIELDS OF MUSIC, DIGITAL VIDEO AND MOTION PICTURE FILMS, NAMELY, AUDIO, STILL, PHOTOGRAPHIC AND MOTION PICTURE IMAGES CAPTURED IN DIGITAL OR ANALOG MEDIA FORMATS; AUDIO/VISUALMULTIMEDIA CONSULTING SERVICES IN THE FIELDS OF RECORDING, EDITING, DEVELOPMENT, PRODUCTION, AND POST-PRODUCTION, IN CLASS 4I (U.S. CLS. 1OO, 101AND 107)….”
“Very recent experiences, experiences from the day, immediately preceding sleep, serve as the basic elements of dream construction.” - - David Foulkes
Psychotropic Films has successfully employed AlgoSoft’s digital restoration software VIVA-PRO for the restoration of the 1918-film “The Trail To Yesterday”. VIVA-PRO uses artificial intelligence within complex mathematical algorithms which pinpoint frame to frame; artifacts, scratches, color blotches, emulsion damage, fading and other degraded film anomalies and correct automatically. “I didn’t have the experience or resources for traditional industry restoration software; but found VIVA-PRO a fresh approach to resoration with an AI algorithm approach, with ample customization options. The results were impressive. Importantly, this first-pass in the restoration process gave me the confidence that my preservation effort on the restoration of ‘The Trail To Yesterday’ a 1918 Metro Pictures release, will be professionally accomplished.” - Bart Santello, filmmaker & editor Psychotropic FilmsTM
My growing interest in the restoration and preservation of vintage media, led me to join The Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA). As a digital filmmaker, I’m also interested in fragments of filmic-elements which contain unique imagery for re-utilization in a modern film in order to generate a visual memory of history, events and people.“Many of my films to date use historical media and vintage imaging equipment. Now with the opportunity to restore a studio film from the early feature-length, silent film era, I’m compelled and motived to learn more about the technical and artistic aspects of film restoration.” - Bart Santello Psychotropic FilmsTM