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Hi Friends,

Welcome to my film project, Place Holder, and thank you for agreeing to participate!

This is an experimental film being created as part of The Atlantic Filmmakers’ Cooperative’s Sweet Home project in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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Hi Friends,

Welcome to my film project, Place Holder, and thank you for agreeing to participate!

This is an experimental film being created as part of The Atlantic Filmmakers’ Cooperative’s Sweet Home project in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The idea for this film came to me when I realized my brain was starting to mix up different places I’ve called home. This led me to the idea of making a sort of ‘exquisite corpse’ of landscape video shots based on places where I’ve lived. I have several video clips I’ve collected from over the past 10 years. These served as the initial inspiration.

I have set up a channel called “Place Holder” on Vimeo.com. This channel contains an “intro video” showing examples of how these older clips I collected (mostly from my time in Korea) relate to landscapes around me now (in Halifax, NS and in Sackville, NB). This channel also contains new clips that I am posting for you to use. Please have a look at each clip. You can download them if you like. If some of these clips remind you of specific places where you reside, please hehlp me out by using your own smart phone, video camera, or other video-capturing device to shoot that location you’re thinking of, then please send me your clip. I will then look at your clip and try to find a place here that I think “matches” what you did. You can think of this as a sort of video dialogue. I’ll then post my clilps back to you, you can check those out, and so on, and so on, and so on.

A FEW FAQs:

1) HOW LONG should my clips be?
Keep them short--10-20 seconds for each should do just fine.

2) How do I actually SEND you the CLIP? It won’t fit in an email.
I recommend using an online file transfer site like WeTransfer.com for clips that are 2GB and under (use email becka_barker@yahoo.com). Otherwise, I do have a DropBox account under my name, Becka Barker.

3) How much TIME DO I HAVE to shoot and send you clips?
I hope to complete several ‘rounds’ of this exchange between now and September, so please respond with your first video no later than July 20, 2015.

4) WAIT. Am I shooting locations that RESONATE WITH *ME*, or locations that I think resonate with *YOU*, Becka?
Even though this project started by my wanting to put together locations I’ve called home from just my own life, I am actually more interested to see which places from YOUR experience come to mind when you see my initial clips. In other words, if a clip of mine from Halifax reminds you of a place I’ve never even been, that’s totally fine--shoot that place you’re thinking of. I think this project might become more interesting if places I’ve never visited or seen become part of the fabric. I also think that, since you have been invited into this because you currently live in a place where I have lived, it’s equally fine to shoot a clip in that place, too.

THIS MIGHT SOUND CONFUSING, BUT REALLY, ALL I WANT IS FOR YOU TO SHOOT A CLIP OF A PLACE THAT MY CLIP REMINDS YOU OF.

5) How much INFORMATION DO YOU WANT about this clip when I send it?
Please tell me roughly where you shot this and anything else you think is relevant or interesting to know.

6) What will you do with my clips?
I will be manipulating everyone’s clips by editing them together into some kind of visual sequence that makes sense to me. I may be compositing some of the clips so that they have the dream-like quality I see when I conflate places in my sleep. It all depends on what clips I get.

In the end, I will be rephotographing the edited digital video clips onto a piece of black and white old-school celluloid film.

7) Where will this FILM BE SCREENED?
I will submit this work to festivals and galleries across Canada and beyond. I’ll definitely keep you apprised of any screenings or exhibitions that include this work.

IF YOU HAVE ANY FURTHER QUESTIONS, please send me a note at becka_barker@yahoo.com or via Facebook.

Thank you again for participating in this project!

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