© Viktoria Schmid


© Viktoria Schmid


© Viktoria Schmid


© Viktoria Schmid


© Viktoria Schmid

A PROPOSAL TO PROJECT IN SCOPE

by Viktoria SCHMID new filmmaker
2020 / 35mm / color / sound / 1S / 8' 00

"The latest in director Schmid’s delicately fascinating Proposals series asks us to reconsider the rectangle upon which our cinematic delights are projected. Filmed on 35mm over the course of one day, surrounded by dunes, sea and forests on the Lithuanian coast, Schmid reconfigures the screen as a blank canvas upon which sunlight, wind, and shadow create an alluring new form of cinematic art." - Neil Young, Vienna Shorts

"The 35mm CinemaScope format is pre-eminently suited to landscapes. Viktoria Schmid puts the surroundings out of frame, turning the screen into a sculpture in the dunes. Widescreen emptiness becomes a projection surface for an interplay between light and shadow, sun and trees." - IFFR

"Viktoria Schmid's A PROPOSAL TO PROJECT IN SCOPE (2020) begins with a shot of shallow rolling waves. Images are seen of a deserted beach, overgrown dunes and the brush of a pine forest, accompanied by sounds of the ocean quietly lapping, rustling winds, and birds twittering.
Shot in 35mm CinemaScope, the opening of this short suggests a documentary approach characteristic of avant-garde films made in the 1960s and 1970s. However, following upon Schmid's A PROPOSAL TO PROJECT IN 4:3 (2017), A PROPOSAL TO PROJECT IN SCOPE opens a perspective that differs from historical works dedicated to exploring the relationship between the representation of landscape and the medium of film, as found for example in works by Michael Snow and Guy Sherwin. Schmid focuses upon the filmic dispositive as an interrelationship between the filmic work, its production and reception within the context of media history, and she frames this in new terms. A PROPOSAL TO PROJECT IN SCOPE not only constitutes the recording of a landscape but also a documentation of artistic intervention. In midst of trees and bushes the camera reveals a CinemaScopic movie screen the filmmaker placed in a poetically sparse Lithuanian coastal landscape for nature to casts its play of light and shadow upon over the course of a day. In A PROPOSAL TO PROJECT IN SCOPE, this screen does not merely serve as a contemporary image and object of media history, it also conveys the Deleuzian sense of 'a simultaneous presence of abundance and emptiness, past and present, mind and cosmos, inner and outer', a free and open contemplative space." - Bettina Brunner

5 PRINTS IN DISTRIBUTION


distribution format DCP on server (SMPTE 2K)
screen 2,35 - Scope (single screen)
speed 24 fps
sound sound
rental fee 38,00 €

distribution format 35mm
screen 2,35 - Scope (single screen)
speed 24 fps
sound optical sound
rental fee 38,00 €

distribution format Digital file on server (2K)
screen 2,35 - Scope (single screen)
speed 24 fps
sound sound
rental fee 38,00 €

distribution format Digital file on server (2K)
screen 2,35 - Scope (single screen)
speed 24 fps
sound sound
rental fee 38,00 €

distribution format DCP on server (SMPTE 4K)
screen 2,35 - Scope (single screen)
speed 24 fps
sound sound
rental fee 38,00 €