FILMFINISH

by Paolo GIOLI
1986-1989 / 16mm / b&w / silent / 1S / 12' 27

This film was constructed using the so-called “photo-finish”
technique employed in sporting events.
The same principle was applied, precisely, to the motion picture camera.
The subjects are explored and self-explored using a thin slit arranged
horizontally halfway along the aperture plate as they enter the motion
picture camera itself. The images then are formed as an extremely dense
series of lines as in a primitive video screen, such as the Nipkow.
The cinematic rhythms of the film vary with the accelerations and
decelerations imposed beyond the synchronism between movie camera
and subject: with motion from top to bottom, or else with the movie
camera lying sideways, (in that case the line is vertical) then, from left
to right and vice versa. Of course without a shutter or claw [in the camera].
This filmic technique is well known in scientific cinematography, and it is
this very combination that I most urgently desired to encompass in my
graphic compositional concerns.

1 PRINT IN DISTRIBUTION


distribution format 16mm
screen 1,37 - Standard (single screen)
speed 18 fps
sound silent
rental fee 51,00 €