Peter Miller/R.Todd collaboration: Super8 text and image poetry.
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Letter from Mr. Miller to Mr. Todd:
"About billing, I'd rather the film
be seen as emulsial -
that is, distinctly non-video and photo-graph-ic (as
in "light drawing") than like an exquisite corpse.
come from painting, right? But painters can't do with paint what we did with emulsion.
I think that's important.
Fact is, the words (or rather, the chemical *potential*
for the words) were resting on (in?) the emulsion for a year before you interlaced
them with your cousin (like a gazelle in a herd of women, but why do I feel like
they're running from, not to?) in the race.
Also, what I find drastically
relevant is the science behind the film. Someone explained Dolby Noise Reduction
to me once and I think it went the same way Latent did.
I shot the text on
Plus-X, had Martin Baumgarten rewind, reload and finally file the S8 film cartridge
so that your (and every other) S8 camera would recognize it as Tri-X film and
subsequently underexpose your image by two stops. Then, by pushing the processing
two stops, we brought your image up to an appreciably coherent level while maintaining
a two stop hierarchy of the text above the image. Therefore, the text -which needs
to be complete- does not run the risk of being washed out if, say, rob todd points
his camera to the
heavens and fires off a whole roll of the sun, which, incidentally,
would not be entirely out of character and, also incidentally, I am deciding right
now would be such a beautiful film (sun film) that I'll make it tomorrow."
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(Click here for ordering info. This film available on DVD 3: "2003-4")
(2003) 16mm (blow-up from Super8) 3:00
Appearing: Ari Lambie
Text by Peter Miller,
Image by Robert Todd
Printed at Cine Labs