Please Murder Me – Noir Re-fit

I took Peter Godfrey’s 1956 Noir film ‘Please Murder Me’ and extracted, remixed then looped scenes from it.

I projected 9 loops on the studio wall, in grid format and also with the video windows at different sizes.

I’m going to create different loops from the same film, and different loops from different films, then experiment with how these are projected.

Also going to re-record the voice in the Please Murder Me loop, so it countdowns from 10 minutes to zero, i.e.:

‘In exactly 10 minutes time..I’ll be dead’

then 1 minute later

‘In exactly 9 minutes time…I’ll be dead’

until we reach zero…then I’m not sure what’ll happen.

NB: The version above is taken from a small mobile phone version of the film. I like the degraded quality it has when projected but I’m currently downloading a higher quality version of the film to work with.

Haurel & Lardy test

laurelhardybook

I found a book that contains blown up frames from Laurel & Hardy films – ‘The Best Of Laurel & Hardy’

With my proposal in mind I’m going to play around with scanning and arranging the frames on a timeline. This first attempt is just to see if it works. Not so interesting but I get a flick book effect. Next stage is to scan multiple films and re-edit the frames.

What if I recreate the original book but make the stills move? You turn the pages and the images move,flick book style.

Or make the still images animate / activate when touching them. Fujitsu have developed a device that turns any piece of paper into a gesture controlled device.

Proposal v3

Project Proposal v3

The Horror Of Montage: Cut & Debased

AIMS / OBJECTIVES

 Aim 1:

Create a narrative film from archived / found or submitted footage

 Aim 2:

Create a narrative film from self-shot footage

 Then apply the following criteria to these works

 Create interactive, print and audio works remixed from these films.

• Can existing works be remixed to create a new narrative / poem?

• The isolation of single frames creates a new narrative.

• What does collage do to the single frame?

• How does turning the single frame into a printed work change it?

• How does creating an interactive interface that puts control into the hands of the viewer change the work?

• How does viewing a film in print form (ie: every frame of the film printed out) change the work?

• How does viewing a film via colour palette change the work?

• Live video montage using Processing / Matting

• Audio as aural collage

CONTEXT

Lev Manovich’s theories on cultural analysis

RiP: A remix manifesto

http://everythingisaremix.info/watch-the-series/

http://vimeo.com/kogonada/videos

Stan Douglas’ recombinant narrative loops

Video remix culture (EBN / Hexstatic)

Assemblage and montage (in film and on paper)

METHODOLOGY

Stage 1:

Write + create short (1 minute) films

Use these as a basis for remixed works

Explore whether print, interactive and audio elements can be successfully derived from a linear narrative (genre) film

 

Stage 2:

Write + create a long form (30 mins plus) film

Use that as a basis for remixed works

Expand on the successes and failures from Stage 1

 

OUTCOME

 A film to be screened in a cinema

Remixed works to be displayed in a gallery

 

WORK PLAN

Until December 2013

Research

January – March 2014

Short film works and remixes

 

Exhibition

 

April – July 2014

Reflection and further works

 

August – September 2014

Writing / Find collaborators

 

October – November 2014

Finalise script

 

December – March 2014

Casting, shooting

 

April – June 2014

Editing, remixing

 

July 2014

Project end

 

Exhibition

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Eli CORTIÑAS: Confessions with an open curtain (EXCERPT) http://vimeo.com/39048899

Hunting + Gathering in the Digital Wilderness by Leila Christine Nadir http://www.furtherfield.org/features/hunting-gathering-digital-wilderness

Broken Mirrors/Broken Minds: The Dark Dreams of Dario Argento by Maitland McDonagh

Mashup Cultures by Stefan Sonvilla-Weiss

The Seven Basic Plots by Christopher Booker

The Hero With A Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell

http://moviesincolor.com/  by Roxy Radulescu

Remix Theory: The Aesthetics of Sampling by Eduardo Navos

Soft Cinema: Navigating The Database by Lev Manovitch

Project proposal v2 – work-in-progress

The Horror Of Montage: Cut & Debased

AIMS / OBJECTIVES

 Collaborate with actors, fashion designers, set designers etc to create a narrative film.

Create interactive, print and audio works remixed from this film.

• Can existing works be remixed to create a new narrative / poem?

• The isolation of single frames of a frame creates a new imaginary narrative.

• What does collage do to the single frame?

• How does turning the single frame into a printed work change it?

• How does creating an interactive interface that allows the user to select frames change the work?

• How does viewing a film in print form (ie: every frame of the film printed out) change the work?

• How does viewing a film in via colour palette change the work?

• Looping audio as aural collage

 

CONTEXT

Lev Manovich’s theories on cultural analysis

RiP: A remix manifesto

http://everythingisaremix.info/watch-the-series/

http://vimeo.com/kogonada/videos

Stan Douglas’ recombinant narrative loops

 

METHODOLOGY

Stage 1:

Write + create a short film

Use that as a basis for remixed works

Explore whether print, interactive and audio elements can be successfully derived from a linear narrative (genre) film

 

Stage 2:

Write + create a long form film

Use that as a basis for remixed works

Expand on the successes and failures from Stage 1

 

OUTCOME

A film to be screened in a cinema

Remixed works to be displayed in a gallery

 

WORK PLAN

 Tbc

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

 Tbc

 

Initial project proposal (s)

My initial proposal spans 3 different but connected projects. I’m going to work these into one document but thought it worth posting my initial reaction to the project proposal as a matter of record.

Project Proposal 1 – Immersive Storytelling: The Viewer As Narrator

AIMS/OBJECTIVES
• Create a non-linear story
• Give control to the audience
• Explore ways of inserting the viewer into the story
• Test gesture / voice controlled video
• Write a multi-strand screenplay
• Create an immersive environment
• Research storytelling in all forms
CONTEXT
• Game theory
• Immersive art (Stan Douglas / Mark Boulos /Sophie Calle / That 3d artist)
• Pepper’s Ghost
• Interactivity and the cinema
METHODOLOGY
• Write
• Find collaborators (set/fashion/3d/camera/actors)
• Create test footage
• Test interactive video systems
• Experiment with filmed and live action
OUTCOMES
An immersive environment where the viewer controls the narrative and is an integral part
of the work.
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Project Proposal 2 – Art From Loss: Editing The Abandoned
AIMS/OBJECTIVES
• Explore theories of remix culture and appropriation
• Create artworks from found or abandoned imagery
• Use different medium (video, paper, online)
• Does transplanting one medium to another change the artwork?
• Creating works on paper that are projected onto a surface.
• Creating works on paper that are digitised
• Creating works on paper that are digitised and printed
• Creating works that are interactive
CONTEXT
• Video remix culture (EBN, Hexstatic)
• Collage (Stezaker, Gordon, Schwitters)
• Film (Cortinas, LA Plays Itself, Supercuts, Christian Marclay’s Telephones)
METHODOLOGY
• Find the imagery
• Record where the imagery is taken from
• Explore the relationships between disparate source material
• Create video collages
• Create digital collages
OUTCOMES
Works on paper and screen.
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Proposal 3 – Horror, Fashion and The Body
AIMS/OBJECTIVES
• Explore themes and imagery associated with genre film
• Create a genre film
• Can genre film be transplanted into a gallery environment?
• How important is plot?
• Can a visual poem be created from the tropes found in genre cinema?
• Can existing materials be appropriated?
CONTEXT
• Tears Of Your Body
• Dario Argento
• French and American Noir
• Jean-Pierre Melville
• British and American Horror Cinema
• Berbarian Sound Studio
• Italian Giallo Cinema
• The Devil Rides Out
METHODOLOGY
• Write
• Find collaborators (set/fashion/camera/actors)
• Create test footage
• Explore remixing the work for the gallery
OUTCOMES
A film that is screened in a cinema
A film that can be remixed for the gallery