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Trompe L'ou

BY Marcus Johnson / Victorian College of the Arts | 30-Oct-2017
Trompe L'ou is a variation on the French term Trompe-l'œil. It's an art technique that uses realistic imagery to create an optical illusion. Louise Woodmansey is an artist that has been perfecting this technique for many years. Her latest project, in a cafe at the old paper mill in Fyansford, is becoming a real attraction. This short film reveals a remarkable partnership behind the work.
This piece tells the story of a partnership between a cafe owner and a muralist at the old paper mill in Fyansford. Artist Louise Woodmansey has created a unique Trompe L'oeil mural depicting the history of the paper mill and bringing it to life for a new generation of visitors. The two-part mural is inside the Door Gallery cafe, run by Graeme Houghton, who commissioned the artwork. The artwork is beginning to draw interested parties in and it's a remarkable achievement, having taken hundreds of hours to paint.

I shot and edited this short film shot completely on an iPad using LumaFusion to pull it all together. This was a unique learning experience and although I have some film making experience, it took me into some real detail and showed it was entirely possible to create a documentary-style film using just an iPad and some well-designed software.