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Chapter 1: Rouge „RED“

Posted by Tristan Rodgers

Tell me a bit about yourself!

Well, I am 24 years old. I was born and raised in Southern California. I’m currently finishing up my last semester of uni over at Otis College of Art and Design. It’s really hard for me to answer this question to be quite honest. Who I am and my identity as a person, a creative, and a living, breathing being is something I am still working on figuring out. A lot of my personal none commercial work, deals a with identity and the connections we have with one’s self. Ultimately I believe that I am a creative at heart, and I really enjoy making things and telling unique and engaging stories. Whether it’s through film, photography, or design and animation, I’m using those mediums as an extension of who I am, or better yet, who I believe I am at the moment.

Can you tell me the background of the RGB video series?

The RGB series came about as a response to the oversaturated inauthenticity I would come across on social media platforms, i.e., Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and so on and so forth. Everyone is so concerned with how they are perceived online, that they forget what real life is like, and how important it is to foster those connections that are more tangible, the ones you can physically touch and connect with.

How did the red haired model represent the idea of intimate connection, passion and the physical touch?

Katie(female model) couldn’t convey the messaging of the film on her own, but with her and Dakota(male model) together, I was able to illustrate those ideas and motifs. The piece is really about the interpersonal relationship that Katie and Dakota share on screen, and that bond lets the audience connect with the piece on a level that’s more than just purely aesthetics.

Do you have a special connection to model which represents a minority or do you think we don’t have to think that far?

Katie is actually a friend of mine, and honestly I felt she had a look that fit the piece, and to be quite honest, I didn’t necessarily think that far into it. Also I am a student and don’t have much access to actors and models outside of my friend group. As a minority myself, I always try and find people to work with who are different and not the norm.

Red by Daveion Thompson

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