2005, SAN DIEGO LOCAL SPOTLIGHT, 8 mins
In the future, graveyards of humans are kept in massive cryostasis chambers. Each of a thousand cryo-pods holds the frozen dead and diseased waiting for the day when life can be given back. In this first installment of STASIS thawing begins with pod 611-383. A deceased woman is brought back to life in a grotesque world, alive and unnatural. In the process of her strange resurrection, haunting machines scan her brain, and remove a fetus from her womb. All hopes and dreams of a new life are erased, as she is absorbed into this surreal nightmare of STASIS.
Stasis Fun Facts:
1. Stasis was shot on a Canon Xl1s mini DV camera.
2. All scenes were edited on Adobe Premiere 6, and After Effects, on a Macintosh computer.
3. Frame Thief is the stop-motion capturing software used to animate the machines and characters.
4. The names of each crewmember and anyone who helped work on Stasis are on the tags of the 19 other cryo-pod cells.
5. Several toys like a Spongebob fish tank jellyfish were cannibalized into the sets and characters. If you can tell Jason Hite where the jellyfish parts can be seen in the film he will give you a prize!
6. Jason estimates that over 5000 corrugated tubes were used in the sets and characters in the film. If linked together it would stretch over 3 miles long!
7. Jason and wife Erica, both lived in a one-bedroom apartment without furniture for 2 years while Jason worked on Stasis in his spare time.
8. Jason built both the cryo-set and bio-generator set in their living room, about a 15” x 10” space.
DIRECTOR AND SCULPTOR JASON HITE: There are so many things I see, feel, and think about that push me to make the odd, strange things that I make. A major theme I subsist from is technology and machines. We live in a world full of so much potential for great technological success, as well as, disastrous failure. Our reliance on machines for everyday life is delicate and flawed. Most of us don’t even realize this until something is broken or down. Ever lose the Internet for a day or two at home? I feel a strange void where it used to be whenever that happens, like a part of me is missing. Blast my addiction! I constantly ask myself, what technology will be like 20-50 years from now? These thoughts and questions usually bring my attention to sculpture.
I usually start a piece by doing quick sketches, and (or), surf the web for reference. These sketches and printouts end up on a foam core board and become the raw inspiration for my sculptures. I often create a naked figure in soft clay like Super Sculpey, mold it, cast one piece, and then add more detail to it with hard clay like Castaline. Once I have a figure, I can’t help but want to give it a home. Found objects play a large part in this, namely tubing. PVC, corrugated, clear, ABS, and brass are some of the parts I use as the building blocks of my structures. Lighting is also an essential part of my work. Weaving lights into the sculpture is the key to bringing my little environments to life.