The Out of Place project serves as a mental mirage and visual allegory for feeling out of your environment.

Nina was the director, producer, and production designer for the short experimental film, creating the concept and driving the success of the film every step of the way - including crew building, location scouting, establishing the visual language with my DP, assisting mask creation, leading the flow and execution of production, and monitoring post.

The Installation

Designed to be an enchantment piece, I wanted to create an environment for the viewer to enter and feel displaced in, to be drawn in by the beauty of the environment and the creatures before them and left feeling perplexed by the frozen forms, a common response to being watched, no matter what the duration.

 

Oftentimes when you are placed in an environment that is unknown to you, or feel you do not belong in, you feel like everyone is watching you, the need to concave, put your head down, remain in a position of stillness; for this project I wanted to create a personification of that experience by taking a creature (various fox breeds, representing different human races, as this is a universal trait) and placing it in an environment unknown to them (the beach, a temporary residence for some breeds of foxes but never a permanent one, as the environment does not meet their needs).

 

I decided to showcase the creature solely on the face, closest to the mind, the mentality, via a complex mask design that was fabricated with hand dyed feathers (which was inspired by our selected environment, the beach). It's only in the mind where they don't fit in, which lead to the decision of the costuming colors, textures, and fibers mirroring the sandy terrain, distressed over the anxiety of the mind. 

Making the masks
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Making the costumes
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The Credits
Our Cast

Red Fox ............................................... Matt Higgins

Fennec Fox .........................................  Lexy Paul

Silver Fox ...........................................  Damian James

Grey Fox .............................................  Alaina Minchello

Arctic Fox ...........................................  Mary Stevens

Tibetian Fox ........................................  Joseph Lee

Our Crew

Executive Producer ..................................... Nina Di Salvo

Producer/Locations Coordinator ............... Cameron Kashtan

Director of Photography .............................. Matt Nelson

1st AC ........................................................... Joe Elfanbaum

2nd AC ......................................................... Michael DeMauro

Grip .............................................................. Justin Schmidt

1st AD/Script Supervisor ............................. Ayaka Furkawa

Editor ........................................................... Jayden Jackson

                                                                                Elisabeth Pritchett

Location Sound ............................................ Savannah Kloden 

 

Production Designer/Art Director................ Nina Di Salvo

Head Mask Designer .................................... Michael Vidal

Mask Caster .................................................. Cody

Feather Fabricators ...................................... Michael Vidal

                                                                                Cody

                                                                                Ashe Fury

Sculptors ...................................................... Alissa Drake

                                                                               Quinn Thompson

Feather Dyer ................................................ Nina Di Salvo

Costume Designers ..................................... Nina Di Salvo

                                                                               Marquois Jardod

                                                                               Taylor Lily

                                                                               Sydney Thompson

On-Set Costumer ........................................ Sydney Thompson

 

Hair/Makeup Artist .................................... Nina Di Salvo

On-Set Photographers ............................... Ashton Dodd

                                                                              Michael Schalk

                                                                              Michael Vidal

On-Set Videographer ................................. Michael Vidal

Behind the Scenes

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