I like to think of this new addition to the Vimeo awards as the waste not, want not category but I suppose that’s not nearly as snappy as the remix category. These 4 finalists are about as diverse as you can get, but all are video that is created using images, sequences or audio from existing works to make a new, original, independent piece.
GRAND FINALE 2010-11 BY MCLEAN FAHNESTOCK
Documenting the history of NASA’s Space Shuttle Program, artist Mclean Fahnestock’s 135 faceted installation, plays out the launch of each mission simultaneously. As your eyes jump from frame to frame in awe of the accomplishments of man, the film delivers an emotional jolt as Challenger bursts into flames, knowledge that your brain possessed but had temporarily side stepped whist taken in by the shifting visual spectacle.
SYNCHRONIZE BY ELISE THE
A love song to 80s’ movies and the ways in which they’ve shaped the dreams and imaginations of countless individuals, Elise The’s graduation project mixes iconic characters and locations within the mind of a video clerk protagonist. Whether you allow Synchronize to wash over your synapses or actively play spot the move, it’s a film with more to give on each subsequent viewing.
CINEZOÏQUE – THE MOVIE TIME LINE BY LAIT NOIR
Why on earth did we have to wait so long for someone to assemble this marvellous piece of filmmaking? In Lait Noir’s original installation, people could actually take a stroll through the history of cinema, side by side with the onscreen participants. Watched on my laptop, its continual walk cycle through the years is transfixing, so much so that you feel a tad cheated when Noir skips over years.
REAR WINDOW TIMELAPSE BY JEFF DESOM
The fact that we’re shown in the opening minute exactly how pieces of Alfred Hitcock’s 1954 classic were stitched together by Jeff Desom (who impressed us last year with his Hauschka collaborations) to set the stage for his Rear Window Timelapse piece and that knowledge does little to break the illusion of his visual installation, shows just how compelling this voyeuristic panoramic is. I only wish I could see it projected in its full 2400 x 550 glory.
MarBelle has a strange compulsion to watch as many films as he can get his hands on and find jobs that give him a legitimate excuse to drill filmmakers about their work. Directors Notes is the latest incarnation of this disorder and so much cheaper than film school. Twitter: @MarBelle