Tuesday, May 08, 2007

About the missing middle reel

click for: Quicktime version / Flash version

"Because of the missing reels at the beginning and the end, this was a viewing experience that felt rushed and incomplete. Some of the audience let out a gentle laugh at the final intertitle which summed up a large remainder of the plot in a pithy sentence or two."

While still wondering about the disparate nature of jump-cuts in shorter video pieces, Sam Renseiw caught a serene spring scene in a pastoral urban setting and subtracted a tiny part. View the prospective by clicking here or on the links above. (patafilm # 415, 00'57'', 4.5 MB, Quicktime/mov - Flash version at blip.tv)

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Blogger Steven Ball said...


Wednesday, May 09, 2007 1:37:00 am  
Blogger SAM RENSEIW said...

very nice track. superb drumming.
sound sort of herzegovian ?

Wednesday, May 09, 2007 8:41:00 am  
Blogger Steven Ball said...

it's Russian Gypsy music, the music on your video reminded me of it at first but when I listened more closely I realised that it was quite different but thought that you might like this. I like your disappearing promenaders!

Wednesday, May 09, 2007 10:54:00 am  
Blogger SAM RENSEIW said...

yes, that seems to happen sometimes...
just a moment of distraction, and one misses something.
I'm still trying to figure out if it is part of ones attention that goes missing, or if a snippet of reality actually disappears. The video is part of that research.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007 6:21:00 pm  
Blogger ps said...

A fine example of the people disapearing behind/into stationery objects technique. I think Hans Richter may have been the fisrt do to it in Ghost Before Breakfast (1928). A film in whcih we also have a deja vu of A Sanderson & Ball tie mix up.

Thursday, May 10, 2007 8:35:00 am  
Blogger SAM RENSEIW said...

well, actually joseph cornell also did it in 1936, in his surealistic "Rose Hobart".
" Cornell condensed a 77-minute feature into a 20-minute short, removing virtually every shot that didn't feature Hobart, as well as all of the action sequences. In so doing, he utterly transforms the images, stripping away the awkward construction and stilted drama of the original to reveal the wonderful sense of mystery that saturates the greatest early genre films."
The film can be seen at UBUweb >

Thursday, May 10, 2007 9:29:00 am  
Blogger ps said...

Ah yes Cornell - though I was perhpas being more literal, as in Ghost Before Brekfast (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdDSK9DIdrU) a number of gentlemen walk into a lampost but don't come out the other side.

Being more conceptual such discontinuties in the "action" perhaps are only possible in light of our expectation of a continuity of vision.

Thursday, May 10, 2007 9:49:00 am  
Blogger SAM RENSEIW said...

yes! thanks for that link.
Had not seen yet that Richter piece. beautifull...
but then there is always a more intriging link: se "Film" by alan schneider
script by beckett with buster keaton (1965) >

Thursday, May 10, 2007 3:20:00 pm  

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