Monday, January 26, 2009

to make a snow film...


i have made several films using a kind of relative scale drawing process. the first was done by tracing all of the notes in a piece of music onto clear film stock. the second was from my trip to norway, and involved tracing a map, words in a book, and a player piano roll. when i got to wyoming last week, i wanted to find a way to do something related to the landscape, but trying to find a way to have it have a relationship to scale.

for the first film/drawing, i covered the entire sliding glass door of my bedroom with clear 16mm film stock, and then tried to draw the view onto the large plane of strips. this one was a bit of a disaster as i ended up getting sharpie marks all over the window and had to spend the better portion of the next day cleaning it off.

yesterday, as it began to snow, i decided to try to map the dropping flakes, so i covered the small window in my studio with clear film stock, and did several 5 minute drawings, trying to map the falling white dots in different colors, within the window plane.

what you see above is the resulting drawing, before it was taken apart and edited into one long strip. i have no idea what these will look like when projected, but quite excited by the potential...

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Anonymous Harpers Bizarre - Snow said...

My first thought on the addition of text goes immediately to cinema. Similar to the dreaded narration added after filming.

A closer parallel would be a cinema owner adding his own disclaimer to the beginning or ending of a film.

6:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey please check my own "snow film" there :

9:43 AM  
Anonymous scott pgwp said...

as a still, at least, it's beautiful. Looking forward to seeing the film version at some point.

9:46 AM  
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1:58 PM  
Blogger ArtSparker said...

I had to smile, art is mess (your first effort) on one level. Hope you can post a finished video on this site?

9:59 AM  

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