Barry Spinello

Six Films of Barry Spinello () 16mm, color & b/w, 44 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $60.00
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Barry Spinello

Opus I (1967) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $20.00
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Barry Spinello

Sonata For Pen, Brush & Ruler (1968) 16mm, color, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Cameraless

SONATA was made without camera or tape recorder by handpainting thousands of images onto 16mm clear leader. I had been a painter and musician up to this time. I found the size of my paintings becoming smaller and smaller .... It was a logical and natural step for me to proceed to drawing images directly onto 16mm clear leader. ... It wasn't long before I learned McLaren's method of painting sounds directly on the soundtrack. ... I worked on SONATA like a man possessed, determined to make a film, and a sound film, with no funds to do so. SONATA was made for three dollars worth of clear movie film and five bottles of ink, for a total production cost of nine dollars, plus seven months of my life: fifty hours per week for seven months -- sixteen thousand individual frames, each one painted with love and care. ... My overall aesthetic purpose was to shape and compress the tremendous kinetic energy of the handpainted image into a harmonious unit, which could be enjoyed on many levels and with many screenings. Collection: Museum of Modern Art, NY

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Barry Spinello

Soundtrack (1969) 16mm, color & b/w, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Cameraless

Black and white with some color hand-applied to each print, hand-painted image, hand-painted sound. I think every student of film should, early in his studies, make a film such as SOUNDTRACK; namely, a film in which sound and image are conceived together as a unit and painted one frame at a time. The advantages for students of handpainting sound and image are threefold: 1. the expense involved is minimal. 2. there is no time lag between the conception of an idea and its realization and screening (no lab wait, etc.) 3. ideas can be expanded, modified and changed immediately and directly after viewing. A basic feel for audio-visual space-timing and the grammar of the frame can be learned in this way. ... Articles and illustrations which describe the tools and techniques used in making SOUNDTRACK can be found in Source magazine (issue no.7) and Film Culture magazine (issue no. 48-49). Awards: Monterey Film Festival, 1969; Fourth Annual Independent Filmmakers' Competition, 1969. Collection: Museum of Modern Art, NY

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Barry Spinello

Colored Relations (1970) 16mm, color, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Cameraless, Comedy, Hand-processed

Handmade sound and image; light, colorful, humorous. Collection: Museum of Modern Art, NY

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Barry Spinello

Six Loop-Paintings (1970) 16mm, color, 11 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Cameraless

In SIX LOOP-PAINTINGS, as in SOUNDTRACK, sound and image are hand applied directly on to 16mm clear leader. The image at a given instant is repeated both on the image track and soundtrack, so that the viewer is visualizing the image he is hearing. However, unlike SOUNDTRACK, the images and sounds in SIX LOOP-PAINTINGS are not painted; they are made by cutting to size and pasting acetate self-adhesive patterns (Micotape and Zipatone) directly onto the clear film. Each pattern yields a distinct sound. Patterns of lines yield square wave sounds; patterns of dots yield sine wave sounds; patterns of diamonds yield sawtooth wave sounds, etc. The finer the pattern, the higher pitched the tone. The further spaced the pattern, the deeper the tone .... I especially recommend SIX LOOP-PAINTINGS to those interested in the texture of sound and image, and in the ways sound and image can relate to each other. Exhibition: KING-TV, Seattle; on tour with the American Institute of the Arts' New American Filmmakers Series.

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Barry Spinello

Variations On A 7-Second Loop-Painting (1970) 16mm, black and white, 6 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Structural

The "theme," a seven-second loop-painting (actually closer to eight), is repeated seven times in succession before the title appears. Then, using an optical printer, the variations start. After each variation the original theme is repeated once. The variations involve step-printing, repetitions and optical manipulations. They very closely follow the original theme.

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