Contender: Damon Mohl

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Damon Mohl Damon Mohl was born in northwest Pennsylvania in 1974.  His undergraduate degree was earned at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia and his graduate level research was done at the University of Colorado, Boulder.  He is a Student Academy Award nominated filmmaker and visual artist.  His work has been exhibited and screened internationally and nationally in numerous film festivals, including events at the Anthology Film Archives, the Sony Wonder Technology Lab Theatre in New York City and the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago.  A full range of his drawings, paintings, short films and other projects can be viewed at

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When did you make this film?

What was this for? Was it a personal project? A job?
This was a part of my Master of Fine Arts Thesis project at the University of Colorado, Bolder. The full project consisted of a 15 min HD film, trailer, sixty page research paper, and exhibition of major set pieces and mechanical sculptures.

Can you tell us the story behind the film?
The Dust Machine involved filming with a six wheeled, NASA moon-rover inspired, four-foot tall remote controlled machine throughout the American west in Colorado, Utah, Nevada and California, as well as filming underwater in a pond located in northwest Pennsylvania. Two years were devoted to building over twelve miniature and two life-sized sets out of recycled parts from a local junkyard outside of Boulder, CO. At the junkyard I became known as "the guy who was building a space station."

What camera did you shoot with?
Sony FX100

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