The Listen Trilogy, Harmonia, Tumble, and hybrid filmmaking


Bogdan Darev has re-imagined his short film Listen into a trilogy of music videos for Stars At DawnListen was an ambitious project that I was grateful to shoot earlier in my career. It allowed me to choreograph long camera moves that were designed to tell a visual poetic story without much dialog. Bogdan was such a dream to work with—willing to spend hours on a single shot—really understanding the power of carefully conceptualized camera work.

The Listen Trilogy, Stars At Dawn, Hybrid filmmaking



My most recent work with Bogdan is called HarmoniaIt’s about a father who leaves his son to search for harmony. We approached the film in a hybrid way—Bogdan believes we are entering a time of synthesis between narrative and documentary cinema. A time that calls for us to be relentless in exploring the moving image across the broken mirror of a dying utopia.

As the film evolved and has now arrived, Bogdan states that experiencing this film doesn’t guarantee any answers to what harmony is.

The streaming release is coming soon on Filmabee–for now, you can check out the trailer.

Harmonia, Matthew Skala Cinematographer, hybrid filmmaking



Tumble sweeps up some Laurels from Global Shorts, Toronto Film Channel Awards, NewFilmmakers Los Angeles, AFMX, and Venice Shorts with reviews coming in from Film Threat and Moviemaker magazine.

Tumble, Matthew Skala Cinematographer in Los Angeles


Harmonia – making an experimental film
The Look of Tumble – a short black and white film shot with a single lens
Narrative Reel

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