Last year I had the distinct pleasure and was deeply honored to be invited by Richard Chartier to again provide a visual experience for one of his incredible sound art works. It is my pleasure to share the results of this collaboration with you (above) and the link in the caption provides you even more listening goodies and a review from Cyclic Defrost. Enjoy.
This full length composition is circa 1981-82 and I was age 12 or 13 when I made it. It was shot using my Kodak OurGang Super 8mm silent film cartridge camera using multiple cartridges, a variety of scenes and wardrobe changes (even multiple roles for single actors), and was hand edited (spliced) into this single reel seven minute long composition now digitized and shown. I am the “Typer.”
(This is a simple shoot-the-wall transfer to have some record of the production prior to its deterioration)
This short silent film is one of my first. It was shot on a Kodak Our Gang Super 8mm silent film camera using celluloid cartridges that lasted about 3 minutes. My friend Andy and I went down to the “dead end” at the end of our block and shot this action scene.
Most, if not all, of the scene editing (changing perspective, etc.) was done using the start and stop button on the camera.
When it was finished, I picked the Cantina scene music from the Star Wars vinyl album I owned. I re-recorded it onto cassette tape and when I showed this film (including once to my sixth grade class at McKinley Elementary School in Arlington, Virginia), I would start the projector and simultaneously start the cassette tape player and create the experience you see above for the viewer.
This film is circa about 1979-80. I was about 11 or 12 years old. I think this is a fitting first post here.