Sunday, March 12, 2006

 

Missing Pages

(via Metafilter) Missing Pages is a 24 minute short movie, shot entirely with a digital still camera. The photos were then manipulated in a technique the creator Jerome Oliver calls "Fotomation," which is about a hundred generations beyond the filmstrips I saw in my elementary school classrooms. This is conceivably cheaper than shooting on digital video, but it couldn't possibly have been easier.

From the first seven minutes, available online, it seems to be a time travel story, the audio all in Japanese and subtitled in English, that starts a bit slow and picks up considerably by the seven minute mark. Doesn't appear to be any way to see the full movie outside of a few film festivals, but I'll keep an eye out for it. An interesting beginning.

Comments:
Holy crap! Wow, thanks for pointing that out. That was just *stunning* visually. I'm not sure about the benefits of that techinque of filming, but the images in the film are really really amazing. And those creepy future pasty-faced guys were pretty cool too.
 
I did a bit of digging on Oliver's website, and found some interesting stuff. It appears that the production schedule involved a seven day location shoot, and then seven most of postproduction while he, on his own, manipulated the images in the computer. Considering the price at which one can purchase a digital still camera, the relatively low cost of computer hardware and software, and a one-man crew, this actually does seem to be a fairly cost effective means of production.

While there are some disadvantages (this kind of storytelling wouldn't work for every story, for one), the advantages are obvious. For example, it took me a few seconds to realize that on the day of shooting there had been only one creepy future guy, and that he'd just been composited over and over again into the shot. It was obvious on reflection, but while watching the scene the effect is effective and immediate.
 
actually, there were two creepy future guys used during production... Look closely and you can see that they look different.
 
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