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In the year 2000, I found 4 rolls of 35mm negatives at an estate sale in the Japantown neighborhood of San Francisco. They show a slice of someone’s life in the late 1930’s, and 14 years after finding them I finally made a film about the intriguing images they contained.
This is my fourth film for Group 312 Films here in Chicago. The theme was “It Can’t be Worse”.
The Smiling Lady
This gif is made from 2 photographs, rescued from an estate sale in Japantown, San Francisco. I bought 4 canisters of developed negative, but held onto them for years before I finally had them scanned and took a good look
Finally made a short film about these negatives - I’ll post it on vimeo soon!
another “forced parallax” treatment from my current short film, “Forgotten Negatives.” Almost done…
My next short film is mostly composed of vintage still photographs. The challenge with translating stills to a motion picture is keeping them interesting, i.e., somehow adding motion.
Ken Burns popularized the slow pan-and-scan technique that is now a household term (see the built-in effect in iphoto for your slide-shows).
Another technique for making stills more interesting in motion is to separate the foreground and background elements, fill in the missing bits of the background, and then place the layers in 3d space and move the camera. I’ve heard it called “forced perspective” or “forced parallax” or “photogrammerty” or “voodoo magic”.
Anyway, an interesting challenge and something I hadn’t done much of before. This project gives me a nice excuse to try it. I’ll post a few examples this week.
Cinematic Stardust 3