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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Watch: A MYTH IN MOVEMENTS, a four-part visual essay


"A visual essay on culture, history and the act of physical filmmaking used to recreate memories, myths and images."

A Myth In Movements is a deeply personal film for me. It's about a lot of things. It's about riding the train in Chicago, which is how I get around. It's about the stasis of celluloid film. It's about the endurance of day-to-day life. It's about the horror of war. It's about dealing with a lost love. It's about the power of the image, when coupled with memories, ideas or thoughts. We create our own myths in this life. Here's a window into some of mine.


Monday, April 14, 2014

The Motion Picture Superimposed

Julien Donkey-Boy (1999) 

In its earliest days, the superimposed image was used mainly as a special effect, most notably in Victor Sjöström's 1921 film The Phantom Carriage, where it created the illusion of ghosts in the afterlife. These days, the superimposed image is almost everywhere, from an editing dissolve that suggests a continuation in mood (e.g. the transition from a saddened Don Corleone in bed to his home country of Italy where his son Michael has sought refuge in The Godfather) to a literal visualization of a character's inner psychology (e.g. the face of death on Norman Bates in Psycho). For me, I find the superimposed image to be one of the most powerful visual strategies for conveying an idea or a feeling. In fact, last year I created a video essay on the works of Wong Kar-Wai that heavily relied on the use of superimposition to demonstrate the filmmaker's trademark visual fervor. Below, I've curated some standout superimposed images from over the years, including Orson Welles' iconic lit window from Xanadu in Citizen Kane and a clip from video essayist Rodney Ascher's Room 237, which dwells on the implications of superimposed footage from Stanley Kubrick's The Shining.

The Phantom Carriage (1921)

Psycho (1960)

 The Wrong Man (1956)

 The opening credits of True Detective (2014)

Metropolis (1927) 

Spellbound (1945)

The Godfather (1972)

Under The Skin (2014)

 Citizen Kane (1941)