Re: Scratching on film

From: Roger Beebe (email suppressed)
Date: Mon Jul 28 2008 - 12:03:28 PDT

Naomi Uman's "Hand Eye Coordination" is an amazing (relatively)
recent film that uses scratching among other techniques. In fact,
the film almost works as a primer on various direct animation
techniques, and it even shows images of her hands working on the
emulsion (with a tool that I've never been able to identify). It's
available from Canyon or, if you must settle for DVD (as we often
must), on the Peripheral Produce compilation of her films, Milking &

Oh, and I'd be remiss if I signed off without mentioning Len Lye's
"Free Radicals." I've seen it over & over & am still amazed with
each new viewing. Lye made other scratch films as well, but this
seems to be the canonical film (and with good reason).


On Jul 28, 2008, at 2:23 PM, Jonathan Walley wrote:

> Hello everyone,
> Does anyone know if Amy Granat's films are available for rental?
> And can anyone recommend good examples of scratching on film? I'd
> like to show some "scratch films" to an into 16mm film class this
> fall. I have David Gatten's What the Water Said in mind, and some
> Norman McLaren. Of course I'd like to show a Brakhage - is there an
> especially good one that anyone would like to recommend? I know
> about Taka Iimura's work, which I'm considering, and Sharits'
> Stream Sectioned, etc. I'd really be interested in recent work -
> any recommendations, on or off list, are greatly appreciated.
> Thanks,
> Jonathan
> Jonathan Walley
> Assistant Professor, Cinema Department
> Denison University
> Granville, Ohio 43023

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