Portfolio of Film Projects

This page contains excerpts from recent film projects. These excerpts are from digital cinema projects in which I was either the director or producer. Click on the image to view the video.

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Ambien Cassandra

Performed by Melissa C. Thompson
Filmed by Alison Dobbins

An installation and performance piece that explores the connections between the Greek myth of Cassandra and contemporary Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, examining the notion of a modern-day “curse” of PTSD, for which there is no known “cure.” 

Melissa C. Thompson answers questions from a live or Skype audience member once under the influence of Ambien. Alison Dobbins films these exchanges and interviews the applicants afterwards. The videos will then be assembled to form a gallery of questions and answers in an installation setting.

Project still in development. Performed as Ask the Unsleeping Cassandra at the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR), Conference in November 2013 (performance program) and planned for gallery installation in 2015. http://www.sacredheartarchive.com

Grain of Sand

Directed by Alison Dobbins, Alicia Díaz and Matthew Thornton
Choreographed by Alicia Díaz and Matthew Thornton
Filmed by Alison Dobbins, Ben Craig & KimSu Theiler
Music by Bill Sallak
Costumes by Megan Pitcher

Performed at Hope College
October 2010

Grain of Sand is an outdoor dance created for the camera with artists from Ohio, Michigan and NYC, marking the summer solstice at The Yellow Barn Farm in Northeast Ohio. This work is an exploration of change over time, and the transformation of space through dance, sound and video. All footage was shot on Sony EX1, Panasonic HVX200 and Canon 5D. Equipment for production was donated by Stark State College, Mainstream Music and Ben Craig. All production photography took place at Yellow Barn Farm in Ohio.

Yucuninu: The Development of a Dance

Produced & Directed by Alison Dobbins
Music Composed by Jeremy Dobbins

This is an excerpt from a twenty minute documentary tracing the creative process of choreographer Alicia Diaz as she develops the dance "Yucuninu" for her students at Kent State University. Lila Downs' song "Yucu Yunu Ninu" provided the initial basis of inspiration for this piece that eventually came to mean many things to all those involved. The documentary also explores the different ways in which the dancers express themselves through dance. Complete production can be viewed here: http://vimeo.com/61431654


Fish Out of Water

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Animation & Story by Alison Dobbins
Music by Jeremy Dobbins

This animated short combines photographs and cartoons. Animation created in After Effects, cartoons drawn in Illustrator. This was a study in digital storytelling. The complete work is three minutes long and can be viewed on vimeo. Animation of the fish, clouds and smaller cartoon elements was done through script programming in After Effects using expressions (such as looping). Produced in 2008. This piece has been shown at the Standing Rock Film Festival in Kent, Ohio.



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Produced & Directed by Alison Dobbins
Music by Jeremy Dobbins
Written by William Shakespeare

This version of the "Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow" soliloquy from "Macbeth" explores repetition, movement across lines, eyelines, and various other ways of weaving dialogue together in a scene. Filmed as a teaching tool for an advanced editing class, the production took place at Cuyahoga Community College--East Campus. Produced in 2008.


Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury
Signifying nothing.

— Macbeth (Act 5, Scene 5, lines 19-28)