LIGHT MOVEMENTS

by John WOODMAN new filmmaker
1977 / color / silent / 1S / 11' 00

LIGHT MOVEMENTS is comprised of four sections of the same view of a path through an Oak Wood on Wimbledon Common, London, filmed in different seasons. This film continued an ongoing exploration of light and movement in natural phenomena and landscape, and the way in which it is represented in film form. It was also the beginning of an ongoing investigation of the ontological differences between viewing the still and moving image.

Subtle changes and shots in light and movement were recorded in Esch season with each of the 4 film sections sharing the same predetermined time of 2' 49' (100ft reels of 16mm film). By using a fixed camera and comparable film durations a space-time structure was established for the observation of light and movement. Central to this was an interest in the way in which changes in light effect our perception of space and place, and how this phenomenon is then represented and perceived in film form. 'Real time/space was therefore intrinsic to this; the 1:1 correspondence between the camera recording time, the projection time and the time taken to view the film.

The film presents the viewer with the possibility of a continuous observational and contemplative film experience. The film was made to allow for unpredictable and chance elements to occur during filming. The degree of change in light and movement could not be anticipated from the time the camera stated recording each continuous take.

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distribution format Digital file on server (HD)
screen 16/9 (single screen)
speed 25 fps
sound silent
rental fee 46,00 €

distribution format DCP on server (INTEROP 2K)
screen 16/9 (single screen)
speed 24 fps
sound silent
rental fee 46,00 €