Six of One, Half a Dozen of the Other features a selection of Idea Fund supported projects. We were selected as 2013 Idea Fund recipients for our upcoming documentary film Tía Chuck. Since we’re currently in production on Tía Chuck, we are screening our short documentary film Justin Boyd: Sound and Time to represent our documentary work. Six of One, Half a Dozen of the Other includes works on view at DiverseWorks, Project Row Houses, and Aurora Picture Show. Read more about the series of exhibitions and screenings.

Justin Boyd: Sound and Time
Video Still: Justin Boyd: Sound and Time

Aurora Picture Show Screenings
Saturday, June 28th at 7pm
2442 Bartlett St.
Houston, Texas 77098

Angela and Mark Walley (Walley Films), Justin Boyd: Sound and Time (2013 Idea Fund): In this short documentary, artist Justin Boyd, Department Chair of Sculpture and Integrated Media at Southwest School of Art, shares his connection with sound and how he uses it to create original works of art.

Madsen Minax, My Most Handsome Monster (2013 Idea Fund): This work documents two separate BDSM scenarios and morphs the landscapes in which they take place. The scenarios collide with archival family footage, landscape meditation, and voice over narration to suggest a state of suspended engagement and a gesture toward collective histories and imagined futures.

Kara Hearn, The Need for Grand Emotion (2009 Idea Fund): In this series of staged dramas reminiscent of classic anxiety dreams, 30-year old Will inexplicably finds himself back in high school trying to win the approval of a group of girls. In scenarios ranging from mundane and pathetic to violent and absurd, the character and video work together self-consciously to squeeze authentic experience and emotion from the most artificial and mediated of circumstances.

Stephanie Saint Sanchez, selections from Señorita Cinema (2013 Idea Fund): Señorita Cinema, founded by filmmaker Stephanie Saint Sanchez, is Texas’ first all Latina film festival, with the goal of presenting the rich tapestry of voices, styles, and ideas unique to the Latina experience.

Potter-Belmar Labs (Leslie Raymond and Jason Jay Stevens), Thirteen Views in Arid Lands (2010 Idea Fund): This series of 360-degree scrolling Southwestern American landscape videos was shot in time-lapse, using robotic technology designed, built, and programmed by PBL. Texts that appear in the videos were borrowed from and inspired by the reports and journals of U.S. soldiers seeking the last free Apaches in the Southwest in the 1880s, as well as quotations from the Apaches themselves.

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Dinh Q. Lê Crossing the Farther Shore #walleyfilms

Today we released our eighth film in our series for Rice University Art Gallery. It’s hard to believe we’ve already produced eight short artist documentaries for Rice Gallery. Each film has brought an incredible artist into our lives whose work and stories have inspired us. We’re so grateful to have the chance to travel to Houston and document such a dynamic and beautiful installation space.

Dinh Q. Lê Crossing the Farther Shore #walleyfilms

Our latest film follows the work of acclaimed Vietnamese American artist Dinh Q. Lê. 
In his exhibition, Crossing the Farther Shore, Lê presents thousands of photographs of Southern Vietnam taken before and during the Vietnam War. Lê considers these images to be an important record documenting the everyday lives of Southern Vietnamese people – how they dressed, looked, and felt. Such photos are one of the few records of South Vietnam that have escaped from the Northern Vietnamese communist government’s systematic effort to erase the pre-1975 existence of the South.

Dinh Q. Lê Crossing the Farther Shore #walleyfilms

The photographs also serve as a counter narrative to the images the world saw of Vietnam during the Vietnam War. The hand-stitched structures allude to the mosquito nets under which people sleep in Vietnam, creating what Lê calls a “sleeping, dreaming memory of Vietnam.”

Dinh Q. Lê Crossing the Farther Shore #walleyfilms

“Most of these photos were taken because people want to remember special or happy moments in their lives. It is an extreme contrast to the photographs that the world saw of Vietnam during the Vietnam War.” – Dinh Q. Lê

Dinh Q. Lê Crossing the Farther Shore #walleyfilms

Lê was born in 1968 in Hà Tiên, Vietnam. His family left war-torn Vietnam in 1979 and settled in southern California. In 1996, he moved from New York to Ho Chi Minh City where he now resides. Watch our film below:

Dinh Q. Lê: Crossing the Farther Shore
Rice University Art Gallery
6100 Main Street Houston, Texas 77005
On view April 10 – August 28, 2014

For press images visit on our Flickr page.


Meet the WALLEY POS-86

Last fall we were invited by curator Hills Snyder to create an exhibition at artist-run space, Sala Diaz. We knew that we wanted to take the opportunity to step outside of our comfort zone and create work that was more than just video. After weeks of brainstorming, Mark came up with the idea of inventing an impossible camera. His idea would challenge us to build a camera sculpture, but allow us to stick to our strengths designing poster artwork and producing videos to promote the completed camera. We discussed how to approach the camera and then began coming up with features it would ideally include.

Collecting parts for the WALLEY POS-86

We began by collecting materials we owned, such as a broken handy cam, LED light, microphones, and vintage camera lenses, before visiting recycling centers and resale stores for low price electronics. We had a lot of fun rummaging through our local recycling center for visually interesting computer parts. Another great resource was Havel Camera Repair Services, who gave us a box of scrap camera parts to use.

An old TV device switcher became the Compact MultiChannel Recording Unit for the QuadOptic™ Lens System

After collecting all our materials we spent time tearing them apart, matching the pieces to camera functions, and designing how all the parts would all come together. The main body of the camera is an old computer tower which we painted black and filled with found electronic parts.

WALLEY POS-86 Camera Manual Diagrams (2 of 4)
WALLEY POS-86 Camera Manual Side Diagram, 1 of 4 Digital Prints

Angela’s favorite aspects of the camera are the ones that are subtle but took a lot of time to get right. There is a red light ON indicator and QuadOptic™ Lens Switcher that she made “function”, meaning the light turned on and the buttons pushed in. There is also an 8-pin Retractable Transfer Cable that actually retracts, a record button you could press, and a Power ON / OFF Toggle Joystick you could play with on the back of the camera. These details weren’t featured in the completed promo video, but they made the camera feel more “real” to us.

WALLEY POS-86 Camera Manual Diagrams (3 of 4)
WALLEY POS-86 Camera Manual Back Diagram, 1 of 4 Digital Prints

WALLEY POS-86 Camera Manual Diagrams (4 of 4)
WALLEY POS-86 Camera Manual Top Diagram, 1 of 4 Digital Prints

After spending two weeks inhaling adhesive, we had the majority of the camera completed. With help from Mark’s brother, we attached our four 8mm camera lenses to the front the camera. The lenses suddenly made a computer tower a believable camera. Since the camera was near completion, we started writing our promo video script. After watching a series of Apple promo videos, we knew we needed a combination of cool guy and technical guy to sell our camera. Our friend, artist Mark Menjivar was the perfect for the role of “Senior Marketing Director”.

Mark Menjivar, WALLEY POS-86 Senior Marketing Director

Mark knew exactly what we were talking about in terms of delivery and enthusiasm. As a professional photographer, we’re sure he is very aware of the endless production and marketing of cameras. He kept us laughing throughout the entire “interview”. Next we needed the perfect couple to demonstrate the power of the camera. Our friends John Totman and Sara Frantz fit the role perfectly.

The most marketable couple we know, John and Sara

A funny and adorable married couple, Sara and John let us chase them around the Japanese Tea Gardens on a rainy, cold afternoon. The public park gave us a beautiful backdrop for our film. We had access to a large open-air pagoda, exotic vegetation, sprawling koi ponds, charming bridges, and a picturesque waterfall.

This shot made us very nervous, but John is a pro

John films the koi ponds at the Japanese Tea Gardens

Japanese Tea Garden Waterfall, as filmed by the WALLEY-POS 86

Our second location was Roosevelt park which gave us access to a public basketball court and playground. Those scenes were written so the audience could see just how versatile and fun the camera is.

It was freezing cold and that camera really is 25 lbs, Sara is the best

Our third location was Sara’s home studio. (Check out Sara’s incredible artwork on her portfolio site). We hadn’t completely planned the scene, but the natural lighting and space worked out perfectly. It gave us a chance to feature one of our favorite aspects of the camera, the TIVO Keypad system.

Sara working in her studio, as filmed by the WALLEY-POS 86

Soft Skin Filter, just one of the 700 4-Digit code commands on the TIVO Keypad System

The ideas behind this project were inspired by Mark’s research for our most recent camera purchase, the Canon C100. There is a whole world dedicated to the technical side of filmmaking that can become overwhelming. Technology has made our work possible, but at the same time, we feel that story telling is the most important aspect of our work. Yes, the technical specifications of products and productions are important, but making work that you believe in should always come first.

One of the POS’s more popular features, the State-of-the-Art Media Capture Hard Drive

Our exhibition at Sala Diaz was entitled “Creation to Consumption” and ran from December 13th, 2013 – January 17th, 2014. We had a wonderful reception and enjoyed some great feedback from the San Antonio art community.

"Creation to Consumption"
Mark and Angela Walley with the WALLEY POS-86, Sala Diaz

Creation to Consumption Statement:

Filmmakers Mark and Angela Walley dive into the worlds of video camera invention and commercial marketing for their upcoming exhibition Creation to Consumption at Sala Diaz. The gallery space will be transformed into a product showroom to unveil and demonstrate the WALLEY POS-86, an impossible video camera that represents a reverse trend in consumer electronics. Through the use of sculpture, video, and design, Creation to Consumption satirizes the seemingly interminable production and distribution of new retail electronics.

Promotional Poster for the WALLEY POS-86

Two days ago, we released the WALLEY POS-86 Promotional Commercial. The film has already been featured on Vimeo Staff Picks, No Film School, FStoppers, Cinescopophilia, Premium Beat, and Studio Daily.

We’re so grateful to be part of such a supportive online creative community. Thank you to everyone who has watched, liked, shared, and commented on our video!

Check out more images on our WALLEY POS-86 Flickr Album.