Re: [Frameworks] Quo Vadis Celluloid?

From: Myron Ort <>
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2011 09:25:51 -0700

Hi Mat, and thanks for playing the guessing game.

Just remember this footage was shot in 1976, and actually it was
shot by one of my students at the time. I am in the film, seen
getting ready to take off in the airplane with that (magazined) Bolex .

This footage utilized a simple (analog) technique that I had been
experimenting with since the 60s, a technique that my student (and
assistant for the Christo film project) had seen in my film "Eye
Lands" .

Some preliminary hints: the only aspects which utilize (more
recent) digital technology are displaying two rolls side by side
utilizing FCP. That and the fact that the original film had been
telecined from the original 8mm camera rolls.

I am the only person that I know of to have ever explored this simple
technique, which is to say I have never seen it used before. Even
Stan Brakhage, who saw, loved, and owned a print of my film "Eye
Lands" at the time never asked about the technique and I never
mentioned it.
It had been, and apparently remains, my "secret" technique.

It should be relatively easy to figure out, although no one has quite
guessed it yet. Maybe I am the only person to think it kind of a
cool technique, maybe I should do some more with it before film
stocks disappear entirely.

It does indeed look like it might have been two cameras side by side,
but in reality it was shot with one camera. The mystery technique
mostly involves why you see the flicker effect, the wonders of the
multi-screen presentation is actually a new revelation.

Myron Ort

On Aug 27, 2011, at 1:12 AM, mat fleming wrote:

> Whoop. A guessing game.
> Looks to me like 2 cameras side by side with some kind of propelor
> shaped shutter in front of and between the 2. But I'm not sure how
> there are 2 images. are the propelor/shutter blades mirrored? Or is
> it some kind of prism? Or am I miles out?
> Mat
> On Fri, Aug 26, 2011 at 7:33 PM, Myron Ort <> wrote:
> Here is some footage that is now part of a series of films I made in
> 1976 involving Christo's "Running Fence" in Sonoma County.
> This footage has elements of analog and digital and is really a more
> mysterious result than you might think.
> OK, tell me how it was done.
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