get inspired by: bill viola

I just learned I'll be directed by world-renowned contemporary video artist, Bill Viola, on his next project, and I couldn't be more excited. Anyone who knows his work knows that the image above is iconic Viola, from "An Ocean Without A Shore."

Here's a short video by the Tate that shows this 2007 exhibit in motion along with Bill explaining the vision behind it and the cutting edge technology they used to make it. Take a look--it's SO cool.

The as-yet-untitled piece I've been cast in was commissioned by no less than the Church of England, will be a collection of the Tate and will live in permanent installation at St. Paul's Cathedral in London. The piece will span the entire life of Mary, mother of Jesus, from her life as a young woman to old age, through the Annunciation to her Assumption to Heaven. I'll play Mary's cousin, Elizabeth, from the time she herself is pregnant with John the Baptist through Mary's Assumption.

We start shooting next week in a beautiful location in Ojai, California. Per Wikipedia: "Bill Viola's exhibition profile, which includes the National Gallery, London, Guggenheim Berlin, Guggenheim New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, Getty Los Angeles, California, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York marks him as a major contemporary artist."

If you'd like to see more about Bill's work, definitely click here.

Image by Bill Viola from  "An Ocean without a Shore" 2007