The light of the full moon is, in itself, a powerful aesthetic element, less an element of the ambiance but rather a kind of presence with its own attributes, capable of influencing the mood and the desire of others. For example, an important decision, an amorous proposal or a ritual are some of the situations whose drama can be empowered if they take place in the light of the full moon.

In an exercise in filmmaking that, it is said, for the first time takes advantage of the moonlight, the director Sam Shapson recently released his first short, Refuge, a science fiction story filmed entirely in moonlight. In combination with the mountainous and solitary landscape of Los Angeles, the light of the full moon gives the film an extraterrestrial effect that is naturally created.

Shapson used this resource in part just for the sake of experimenting and to find “a new extreme for what’s possible creatively.” It is an exercise that also played with variables that were outside human control, such as the position of the sun and the moon and even the season of the year in which the full moon occurs.

In some ways it is an invitation to rethink the elements around us less as simply elements of the atmosphere and, in the manner of the Greeks, to use them as influences in our daily lives and, better still, in our creativity.

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The light of the full moon is, in itself, a powerful aesthetic element, less an element of the ambiance but rather a kind of presence with its own attributes, capable of influencing the mood and the desire of others. For example, an important decision, an amorous proposal or a ritual are some of the situations whose drama can be empowered if they take place in the light of the full moon.

In an exercise in filmmaking that, it is said, for the first time takes advantage of the moonlight, the director Sam Shapson recently released his first short, Refuge, a science fiction story filmed entirely in moonlight. In combination with the mountainous and solitary landscape of Los Angeles, the light of the full moon gives the film an extraterrestrial effect that is naturally created.

Shapson used this resource in part just for the sake of experimenting and to find “a new extreme for what’s possible creatively.” It is an exercise that also played with variables that were outside human control, such as the position of the sun and the moon and even the season of the year in which the full moon occurs.

In some ways it is an invitation to rethink the elements around us less as simply elements of the atmosphere and, in the manner of the Greeks, to use them as influences in our daily lives and, better still, in our creativity.

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