Terry Ellis

Le Citron (after Manet) (2007) DVD_NTSC, color, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

Nature morte (not).

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Terry Ellis

Shting Shtang Shting (2008/10) DVD_NTSC, color, 2:38 min

Genre: Experimental

A folly tries and fails to dematerialise.

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Terry Ellis

Oracle/Coracle (2009) DVD_NTSC, color, 1:20 min

Genre: Experimental

A shallow ceramic bowl filled with rainwater foretells rough seas ahead.

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Terry Ellis

Reflecting Tintoretto (2009) DVD_NTSC, color, 36:49 min

Genre: Experimental

A fixed camera faces a window. At first the window reflects the studio in which the recording is taking place, but as the sun moves round it clears to reveal the garden which the studio overlooks. A slow natural dissolve from interior to exterior during which nature reasserts itself (plus a nod to 'Rear Window' as we become aware of activity in the house opposite). Sound is a mix of the ambient: birdsong, planes flying over, noise from neighboring houses--and studio noises: radio, footsteps, water being boiled and tea being made, phone ringing (but not being answered).

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Terry Ellis

Ghost Train (2009/10) DVD_NTSC, b/w, 4:15 min

Genre: Experimental

Are they ghosts, or are we? Two sounds--a sob, an echoing shout--are repeated at intervals throughout, together with short phrases taken from the soundtrack of the Pompeii sequence in Rossellini's 'Journey to Italy' (1954).

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Terry Ellis

Earl of Aberdeen's Collar, After TL (In Memory of Robert Breer) (2011) DVD NTSC, b/w, 1.5 min

Genre: Experimental

In 1829, Thomas Lawrence painted a portrait of George Hamilton-Gordon, 4th Earl of Aberdeen, which the National Portrait Gallery included it in its 2010 exhibition of Lawrence's portraits and also used as the poster for the show. Most days I saw the poster in the underground and my eye always went straight to the collar of the Earl's shirt, which shows above his cravat and looks like something Lawrence has simply tossed off in a display of painterly virtuosity. I wondered if it really had been a one-off or the best of several tries. With this in mind, I cut a collar-shaped stencil from a reproduction of the painting and printed around 30 copies, all of which turned out different to a greater or lesser degree; these variations form the basis of this simple animation. I meant it to be silent, but one day the radio was playing in the studio. As I clicked the mouse to run through what I'd decided was the finished film, the radio began broadcasting a performance by Malian singer Oumou Sangare and her band which, spookily, seemed in synch with the rhythms of the film. Next day I tuned in to a repeat of the programme and recorded just the first minute or so of the song which I then adjusted to the length of the film. Midway through making the film I learned of the death of Robert Breer; I completed it with him in mind.

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Terry Ellis

Pattern Recognition (2007-2012) DVD NTSC, color, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: cameraless, films about film

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Terry Ellis

Yes, No, Maybe (Maybe Not) (2008-2012) DVD NTSC, , 3 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: cameraless

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Terry Ellis

Newman's Shade (2006/13) DVD_PAL, b&w, 4.15 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: arts & artists, films about film, structural

The breeze turns a window blind into an ever changing composition by Barnett Newman, circa 1958.

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Terry Ellis

Tracking Marlowe (3 Strikes and You're Out) (2013/14) DVD Pal, b&w, 8.09 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: films about films , structural

A 12 panel 16th/17th century lacquered Chinese screen - Spring Morning in the Han Palace - that I saw in the Santa Barbara Museum of Art in May 2013 provided both the inspiration and structure for this film, but when editing it I had in mind George Montgomery's film 'Lady in the Lake' in which the action is seen almost entirely through Marlowe's eyes. The line of dialogue that repeats 3 times is taken from Edward Dmytryk's 'Murder, My Sweet', in which Marlowe is played by Dick Powell.

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Terry Ellis

Sleight of Hand (2013) DVD PAL , b&w, 2.56 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: films about films, structural

One of a planned series of short works illustrating well known phrases, saying and proverbs.

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Terry Ellis

Demonstration (2014) DVD PAL, color, 4.55 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: films about films, structural

A photograph of a demonstration in Trafalgar Square which I took sometime in the 1970s (and which has been taped to my studio wall since then) comes very slowly into focus, accompanied by the sound of helicopters hovering overhead.

Trafalgar Square is overlooked by the National Gallery. I've no recollection of thinking this at the time, but it seems I chose to focus on 3 figures who would not look out of place in the background of any number of 16th or 17th century paintings that hang in the gallery.

'After RH' refers to Richard Hamilton's 1970 screenprint series 'Kent State'.

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Terry Ellis

The Cezanne Shuffle (2015) DVD NTSC, color, 1:30 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: arts & artists, landscape and architecture, structural

27 views of Mont Sainte-Victoire selected from around 60 made during one day in October 2014, these 27 views arranged in 3 groups of 9 and these 3 groups of 9 'shuffled' together according to not entirely pre-determined pattern; what starts out as a kind of 'mosaic', shifting continuously between close, medium and long shot, quickly breaks down, as views are 'used up', into isolated views separated by short bursts of black and black/white. The sound is a rhythmic, somewhat awkward clapping together with ambient sounds recorded on site.

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Terry Ellis

Tilt (2008/2015) DVD NTSC, color, 4:10 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: arts & artists, films about film, structural

Made originally in 2008 in black and white and with a different soundtrack. The title refers to tilting the camera up to bring the horizon line down or down to bring it up and the film was prompted by seeing a documentary about John Ford which mentioned that in his framing, particularly in his westerns (e.g., 'She Wore a Yellow Ribbon') he would often alternate between a high and a low horizon, something which apparently he took from the paintings of Frederick Remington. The image could not be simpler: basically the 'frame' is divided in half horizontally. The film was 'scored' very precisely and in constructing it this 'score' was followed to the letter. In 2015 I revisited the film and added color. While working on it I changed upon a song by Kevin Coyne ('Porcupine People') that seemed oddly appropriate and took the liberty of 'lifting'2 or 3 lines from the song to construct a new soundtrack.

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Terry Ellis

Field Film (1977/2015) DVD NTSC, B&W and Color, 4:20 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: films about film, found footage, structural

Description (Film Synopsis or Link to Synopsis): Filmed originally on Super 8mm in 1977 as 'Field- the Dutch Hostage Film'. Narrative played a supporting role to materiality and process (film as both object and subject). The film was transferred to digital video in 2007 and re-edited and given a soundtrack in 2015, thus becoming both a facsimile of the original and a new work. The soundtrack was pieced together from recordings made at the Roundhouse in London in 2009 during David Byrne's installation 'Playing the Building'.

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