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SHOOTING BLANKS

by Shawn CHAPPELLE & Mike HOOLBOOM
1995 / 16mm / color / sound / 1S / 8' 00

SHOOTING BLANKS opens with a meditation on silence, birth and the Canadian cinema, before exploding into a furious montage of acclaimed Hollywood action movies. Its two poles - sound versus silence, image uberkill versus blank screen, finally devolve upon the differnce of American and Canadian, between the aims and means of an oppositionnal media practise versus the desires of the dream factory.
«This is a collaboration between young artist Shawn Chapelle and established independent filmaker Mike Hoolboom. It is a result of mutual interest in each other's work, initially triggered by the impact on Hoolboom of Chapelle's graduate flick: Servicing the Target. This film showcases chapelle's virtuosity with the relentless flash edit, the shooting of images at the retina of the eye and Hoolboom's contemplative yet incisive grasp of the spoken word. It is a work that has emerged out of a shared relentless work rate, a shoot-at-all-costs, never-say-die film and video making practice that grips both of their everyday lives». Dirk DeBruyn.

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distribution format 16mm
screen 1,37 - Standard (single screen)
speed 24 fps
sound optical sound
rental fee 25,00 €