Cuatro Sueños Pequeños (Four Small Dreams) is an audio visual experiment from photographer, filmmaker and artist Thomas Campbell. Shot completely on grainy 16mm film, the 23-minute surreal skate film blends reality with fantasy in four dream scenarios featuring pro skateboarders Javier Mendizabal and Madars Apse. As a long time fan, Mill colorist Greg Reese had the pleasure of grading the film and helping to bring together the fantastic footage shot across Spain, Mallorca, the Canary Islands and California.
Greg first discovered Campbell's work through his surf film Sprout
, a visual "exploration in the riding of mountains and molehills." Unlike most surf and skate films focused primarily on the athleticism or subversive culture, his approach represented the creative subculture within the community by combining the action and energy expected of the genre with an aesthetic that expanded into art.
As a former (and occasionally present) skateboarder, colorist Greg Reese fits directly within this culture and quickly became of a fan of Campbell's work. The project was a lucky opportunity for him to collaborate with the artist on a project that he would have undoubtably admired from afar. Greg shares, "It fell into my lap and I couldn't be more grateful for the opportunity."
The film was shot completely in 16mm on a Bolex camera, giving the footage a grainy quality that captured the surreal atmosphere of the film. All the footage was graded before editing, which can be a challenge for the colorist, especially when the footage is from a variety of very different locations. Greg focused on enhancing each shot individually while still maintaing a consistent look. The challenge was to make the most out of the photography and being true to the film across all the footage.
You can see all the love put into each frame of the film in the trailer
and in the still below.
And for more Thomas Campbell inspiration, Um Yeah Arts
offers the Cuatro Sueños Pequeños DVD and 90 page hard-back art book.