1. Illustrator Allen Crawford has turned Whitman’s poem “Song of Myself” into a sprawling, 256-page work of art. The densely-handwritten text and illustrations intermingle in a way that’s both surprising and wholly in tune with the spirit of the poem—exuberant, rough, and wild. “Whitman Illuminated: Song of Myself” is a sensational reading experience, an artifact in its own right, and a masterful tribute to the Good Gray Poet.

    Publisher: tinhouse.com

    Release date: May 13

    To pre-order: amazon.com/Whitman-Illuminated-Song-Myself-Walt/dp/1935639781


    video filmed and directed by David Scott Kessler

    score by Ben Warfield
    get the song here: soundcloud.com/benwarfield/i-contain-multitudes

  2. Sharon Van Etten - “Taking Chances” (Official Lyric Video)

    Directed & Produced by Alison Vuocolo-Chapman and David Scott Kessler


    The process consisted of shooting Alison’s writing and drawing on green paper and keying out the background.  The footage was then layered and time-remapped in After Affects.

    Sharon Van Etten, ‘Are We There’ out May 27th (May 26th in the UK) on Jagjaguwar. iTunes: http://smarturl.it/sharonvanetten3 // Amazon: http://smarturl.it/sharonvanetten2
    SCD/Jag bundle: http://smarturl.it/sharonvanetten // Indies:http://smarturl.it/sharonvanetten4

  3. Lopi: A Traveler’s Saga in Four Divinations, four channel 100ft. installation view

    (other work pictured by Hrafnhildur Arnardottir and Magnus Sigurdarson)

    Lopapeysa, short film on monitor with bench and fireplace

    by David S. Kessler

    both at the Crane Arts building in Philadelphia, PA.  January 2014

  4. https://vimeo.com/84440160

    LOPAPEYSA.  Short film trailer.

  5. Lopapeysa, a short film set in a small town in Iceland will be premiering as part of Due North, a group exhibition of American and Icelandic artists at the Crane Arts Building in Philadelphia on January 9th with music by Mary Lattimore and Benjamin Warfield.  

    Lopi:  a Traveler’s Saga in Four Divinations, the film’s companion piece and collaboration with artist, Katya Gorker will be projected on the Icebox installation space’s 100 foot wall with a score by The Ruins of Friendship Orchestra.

    more info at www.duenorth2014.com

  6. Some test renders for current project.

    Cinema 4D, sculpt tools and subsurface scattering.  

  7. Cinema 4D metallic object and Realflow mesh
    Realflow, C4D primitives interacting with Realflow liquid simulation
    tracking Dave's face and camera movements
    Cinema 4D, mesh of Dave's face, tracked to deflect Realflow particles
    Cinema 4D metallic object and Realflow mesh
    Cinema 4D metallic object and Realflow mesh
    Cinema 4D, mesh of Dave's face, tracked to deflect Realflow particles

    Nightlands:  I Fell in Love With a Feeling.  Graphics process screen grabs.

    Cinema4D, Realflow, PFtrack, AfterEffects, Premiere Pro


  8. Nightlands
    From the album Oak Island 
    on Secretly Canadian


    David S. Kessler, director/DP/editor/fx animator

    shot on Sony FS100
    edited with Premiere Pro
    effects with Cinema 4D, Realflow, After Effects

  9. video teaser for Due North exhibition, Icebox Philadelphia.  January 2014.
    music by Gretchen Lohse and Jesse Sparhawk

  10. Skagaströnd Museum of Prophecies, Skagaströnd, Iceland