The Doll Chronicles is an anthological series of short films that explores some social issues, expectations of beauty and other situations. They attempt to express a feeling about something occurring in society and to women. What began as a conversation over a couple of beers between Nùria Garcia, Emma Saura Woods and Franco Esteve, where Núria suggested the random idea of a Barbie doll hitting the ground and suddenly being a real human being, has grown into something socially relevant and beautiful. Franco Esteve took that concept in order to express a series of stories, unified by the human doll. It is currently in its award-winning third story, Consequence, which has screened at festivals throughout the world and can currently be seen on Vimeo here.
The Doll Chronicles are written, directed, and produced by Franco Esteve and are made with the help of the other members of the Producciones Tecatas team. The team has filmed three stories in The Doll Chronicles: Reaction, Paranoia, and the award-winning, Consequence.
The next film in the series, Apocalypse, The Doll Chronicles is currently in production and will be released sometime in 2017. You can watch the trailer on Vimeo here.
Be sure to like The Doll Chronicles and Franco Esteve on Facebook and follow @FrancoEsteve and @bnowhereblog on Twitter for the latest updates about the Doll Chronicles. I hope y'all enjoy the episodes.
The book utilizes anaglyph stereo images to better convey the message of its photos, and though it's recommended to have glasses available to fully experience the depth of that within the smoke, they are certainly not a requisite (The 2D versions of the photographs are also included). If you need glasses (red and cyan), you can get them from Amazon (USA) here: http://amzn.to/cRnUux
If you're interested in buying prints from this collection, you can find them @imagekind here.
Thank you and Enjoy! :)
***Note: People are often surprised to learn that the images in this book and collection are actual photographs and not created through other means or doctored to create the shapes and forms (except to create the 3D window depth effect in the 3D versions, of course). They are as I saw them through the lens, but I certify that no demons were harmed during their capture. :)
The book represents a vision of nature that includes its raw forms and expressions as well as the occasional crude, human contribution. Some of these are dramatic and can even be cruel and violent, and yet, others express a peaceful beauty like no other.
This book attempts to express this raw vision, both through its impactful images and through its accompanying written expressions which poetically transport the reader into nature's world. It attempts to evoke unexpected feelings and thoughts in the viewer, both contrary and predictable. It is Franco's hope that you will enjoy his varying visions – the ethereal brightness, the daze-inducing, happy and flowery views, the dark void within his visions of smoke, the raw crudeness of consumption, and the dreamy nature of colorblind – and feel enthralled by the journey through them.
I really hope you enjoy them. :) If you're interested in buying prints from this collection, you can find them @imagekind here. Thank you for your interest in my photography, and I hope to see you at an exhibit.
Franco Esteve's photography is versatile and attempts to communicate and express his feelings and views of the world. His better known collections, Natural Raw and Franco Esteve's Devils Within, are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to his photographic efforts. Check out the gallery to sample some of his photos and visit Imagekind to purchase prints.
A number of people have asked me about the music I created for the Doll Chronicles series of short films, and so I thought I'd dedicate a small section of the website to my musical creations. Music is an integral part of my creative process, creating it, listening to it, thinking about it. It is yet another expression of beauty that has been part of my life since a very young age. After filming Reaction, The Doll Chronicles, I realized I had created much more than the theme, but music that served my idea of The Doll Chronicles quite well. So, I set out to create more music for the films, some of it which ended up as the score for Paranoia, The Doll Chronicles and for Consequence, The Doll Chronicles. Some of it didn't make the cut for the films, but I thought it would be fun to release them as well, as some of you might enjoy them.
The first publicly released track was one of these called iBoogie. It's a Boogie-Woogie-style piece, created during the process of exploring musical concepts for Consequence, The Doll Chronicles. It's played in a live, improvisational style, warts included. In the end, it wasn't used in the film, and instead I used the original, loop-based piece I'd created as filler music during the editing process called Rockin' Rolla. It just seemed as a better fit for that first scene, with its slightly cheesier feel. Still, I fell in love with iBoogie, and I hope you enjoy it.
You can hear it right here:
And you can purchase it on CDBaby.com clicking here.
The third release was the music from Consequence, The Doll Chronicles, which won an Award of Merit for Original Score from the IndieFest Film Awards. You can listen to the album here (click the links on the player to purchase it):
You can get it as a high-quality mp3 or uncompressed FLAC from CDBaby.com here.
After the release of Apocalypse, The Doll Chronicles, I'll be releasing the music for that film and during that time, some others. In the meantime, enjoy the current releases. I've also released some other musical pieces on SoundCloud, which I've composed as I explore different concepts and ideas for the films. You can listen to all of them on my SoundCloud profile here.
The latest musical track release is a piano music piece called Quicksand.
Quicksand reflects the ups and downs and difficulties of the quicksand of life, trying to bring you down, but you must swim to the surface and be ever vigilant. It's a classical style, instrumental song that reflects all those emotions. A lot of my music has been composed for my films, but Quicksand is one that came on its own and is available now.
You can listen to the album here (click the links on the player to purchase it):
Thank you for your interest in my projects. I really hope you like them. Remember that you can buy my photography books at Blurb here and prints at Imagekind here. Be sure to follow @FrancoEsteve and @bnowhereblog on Twitter for the latest updates about my projects, movies, photography, music, writing and what not. Also, don't miss my bNowhere blog and my new Un Americano en Mallorca blog. I sometimes post more information about my projects there, apart from the occasional article or two.