05’00”, 4:3, PAL SD, 2005
'Falling light' is a reflection on memory and affection in space and time, as it comes to mind in everyday life.'
This piece was made for the EADS "fascination of flight" theme contest. There was a 5 minutes limit, no further restrictions. I had an idea in which I'd mix fiction with "experimental" editing, but since there was no time for the fiction part, I ended sticking to the editing of shots I did with a vague idea in mind, home video and camera test low-fi footage.
The image was recorded with two mini-dv consumer cameras; one I was lent, the other was my first camera. Though the second camera had some manual controls, I used automatic mode most of the time for the interactivity was interesting: the auto-focus made planes fade in and out the sky, the exposure reacted to light by darkening it a little, enhancing colors, the digital zoom used to get closer to distant subjects gave it a grainy texture that added an abstract tone to plain everyday things. Most of it was shot by the end of the day, hence the somehow melancholic tonality and title.
The editing was made on imovie freeware that, being so simple, permitted the intuitive cut/past/move and frame cutting I needed to make visible the stream of consciousness of a person in a single time and place.
My g3 imac reminded me of the Steenbeck editing tables we used in film school and made me wish the shots were filmstrips I could look at and cut by hand. Some frames were cut because the telephoto shaking made the subject get out of the frame.
There was some feedback on this piece, some liked it, some didn't like it at all, for being jumpy, plain and illogic like "The footage is crapy, but the music puts it together" and "beginner's lessons better left off, in which music is used to cover the mess". Likers enjoyed the flow and the poetic 'free association' like editing.
The purposefully low-fi nature of the footage and the editing reflects the Classic Hollywood film student desire to mess things up a little and make a point with it. Of course, it didn't win no contest...
In 2008 it was selected by the Portuguese AntiFrame – Independent Curating Project - as one of ten pieces to represent Portugal in the DVD-Project (dvdproject.org), an itinerant exhibition presented in Portugal, Spain, France, Germany, Holland, Sweden, Finland, Italy, Mexico, Brazil, Peru, Argentina, United Kingdom, Austria and Romania.
In 2009, it was screened as one of six Portuguese pieces representing the country at the Contemplaciones' exhibition in the LOOP International Festival & Fair for Video Art, Barcelona, Spain.
The music, ‘amb’, is by Portuguese electronic musician Rafael Toral, featured in his 2003 ‘electric babyland/lullabies’ record (rafaeltoral.net).
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