3 Sound Films: 1) At The Academy 2) Night Train 3) Cycles
3 SOUND FILMS 1) AT THE ACADEMY -- Academy Leader reworked on a contact printer. 2) NIGTH TRAIN -- A train journey at night reduced to 2 minutes. Streaks of light converted into sound. 3) Cycles I RHYTHEMS OF LIGHT AND SOUND ABOVE AND BELOW THE PERSISTENCE OF VISION AND SOUND THRESHOLDS.
Short Film Series
16mm, black and white, 35 min
"... Guy Sherwin's SHORT FILM SERIES which he undertook between 1976 and 1980. Eventually he issued about thirty of them. Some are single studies of light, focused on the reflections in an eye shot in close-up. Others are domestic, as in the PORTRAIT WITH PARENTS or BREATHING .... Many deal with two rates of time measurement, as in CLOCK AND CANDLE, or construct visual paradoxes, as in the shuddering stasis of METRONOME -- an illusion caused by the clash between the spring-wound mechanisms of the Bolex camera and of the metronome itself. In BARN DOOR the semi-strobe effect of light pulsations flattens the distant landscape. ... Interestingly, Sherwin has recently returned to the series after almost twenty years, with studies of animals and insects which in part recall the fascination with the 'invisible' side of nature felt by the surrealists, and seen in the scientific writing of Roger Caillois and the films of Jean Painleve during the 1930s. ..." -- A. L. Rees, A History of Experimental Film and Video, pp. 81-82
16mm Rental: $60.00
Short Film Series: Vermeer Frames/Chimney/Portrait With Parents/Metronome
(1975 - 1980)
16mm, black and white, 14 min
16mm Rental: $20.00
16mm, black and white, 9 min
Note: this film is for vertical projection, with the projector lying on its left-hand side.
"One of a series of films that investigates qualities of sound that can be generated directly from the image track. The images that you see are simultaneously scanned by the optical sound reader in the projector, which converts the into sound.
This particular film makes use of the aural effect of visual perspective; the steeper the perspective on the railings, the closer the intervals of black and white, and the higher the frequency of sound. I also wanted to find out what freeze frames and visual strobe would 'sound' like. Visual strobe is created both in the camera (camera shutter v. railings) and in the printer (printer shutter v. slipping frames)." -G.S.
16mm Rental: $40.00
16mm, black and white, 34 min
"[MESSAGES is] a diary-essay recording the development of language, in words and drawings, of his young daughter Maya. It is also a study of the world of trees, water and the passage of time. Intensely beautiful images of shadows of leaves falling on the open pages of a book, a voluminous tree moving in and out of focus, becoming a dark almost abstract mass, a hand plunging into a stream to pluck out a stone and so on. The film is silent with text superimposed -- usually questions or comments by the young girl -- which show the innocence and incisiveness of childhood. The film inextricably associates these with the perceptions of the artist. ... MESSAGES can be understood as a representation of the artistic process itself." -- Michael O'Pray
16mm Rental: $50.00
16mm, black and white, 4 min
16mm Rental: $20.00
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