ABBANDONATA

Visual sources: my own videos, and Jane Eyre (1934, Public Domain), courtesy of The Prelinger Archive.
Audio sources: Jane Eyre, plus stock sound.

Before they reached their location, she felt a separation in her soul.

I'm very happy to post this 10th episode of Abbandonata, which was initiated as a project on my website in February 2014. This latest episode in its original format is slightly more than 11 GB, the noise effects are very fine, and for whatever reason, it was extremely difficult to post it to Vimeo. The current, uploaded file was rendered with the H.264 code at its highest setting with FCPX, which reduced the file size considerably, and the quality is good but the overall visuals are different from the original version that I would have liked to upload. Ah well, that will be saved for a future screening, on a large wall.

Looking forward to the next 10 episodes of this project, and how they will develop. As always, Abbandonata is an ongoing experiment and exploration of the moving image in a narrative style which I am thoroughly enjoying!

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ABBANDONATA

Jennifer Sharpe PRO

ABBANDONATA is story about a woman whose companion goes on a trip, and after years away, still has not returned. It was inspired by the story of Penelope and Odysseus. I worked on Abbandonata from February 2013 through May 2015. Within this time period…


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ABBANDONATA is story about a woman whose companion goes on a trip, and after years away, still has not returned. It was inspired by the story of Penelope and Odysseus. I worked on Abbandonata from February 2013 through May 2015. Within this time period I created 10 video episodes, 45 “fragments,” details about the video episodes, and a short book, printed in a very small quantity with new material, related to the first video episode.

Some months after the 10th video episode, which was completed in January 2015, I decided that the 10th video episode had brought this experiment in storytelling to a close. Abbandonata was based on a short story I wrote on the subway while commuting to work, and it took off in its own direction over time via video, photos and writing. While it is not conventional story-telling, it has a thread which is unmistakably a story, however mysterious, ephemeral, and intuitive.

The next step for Abbandonata is to create a single movie out of the 10 video chapters, and a book of photos and writing out of the fragments. The first project will be initiated this year, the second, I am not sure about. Either way, my feeling now is that it needs to be wrapped up in its own distinct “shroud,” for lack of a better word, so that its story can be assembled according to its own logic, and be considered as a whole at last. I have my work cut out for me.

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