SPIDER

by John WOODMAN new filmmaker
1979 / color / silent / 1S / 11' 00

A hand held 16mm camera was framed and focused on the centre of a spider's web for a continuous duration of 11 minutes, the length of a 400ft reel of 16mm film. Ot presents the spectator with a 'reel time' phenomenological experience in 'on screen' observation and anticipation as the film unfolds. A sense of the films intentionality is enhanced for the viewer by the use of a hand held camera which moves in a distinctive way in a continuous effort to keep both the centre and the 'fineness' of the spider's web in focus.

Chance plays a part in the way in which different unpredictable phenomena have the potential to enter the confines of the framed are of spider's web during filming. The film was framed so that the actual spider was situated just outside of the left hand edge of the frame in 'out of frame space'. This enabled the potential, during filming, for any unsuspecting insect or fly to get caught in the web triggering the spider into activity and movement in the centre of the framed area.

An analogy could be made with the spider waiting for something to enter its web and the films viewer waiting in the cinema in anticipation of events to unfold within the 'on screen' space of the web. This is often the type of film footage which is immediately discarded by a wildlife films production team with other representational agendas to serve!

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distribution format Digital file on server (HD)
screen 16/9 (single screen)
speed 24 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 €