pr. cl. (a CalArts optical printer film circa 1975-78)

I was a a student T.A. at Cal Arts 1975-1976, and I was tasked with instructing fellow students on the operation of the Optical Printer and the Oxberry Animation Stand (skills I acquired from the great Pat O’Neill, a mentor).  In the course of teaching Optical Printer techniques, the class did little film experiments (which I used to keep in film cans that I labeled “pr. cl.”, my abbreviation for “printer class”).  I left CalArts before the end of the 1976 academic year to work at Industrial Light & Magic on a film called Star Wars, and the classes were ably taken over by David Wilson.  One of the students in the class, Rick Blanchard, ended up with the “little experiments” and created this film.  Crazy, but I have no memory of how I ended up with a print of the film, which I had digitized a number of years ago, along with other films, and promptly forgot about.

CalArts optical printer, circa 1973:

1973_CalArts_printer

exponential zoom loops

These loops were created from still photographs (there’s 12 in each loop), which are layered on top of each other with soft round mattes (you can perceive a donut shape to the mattes if you look hard enough).  Then an “exponential scale” effect is applied.  The result is an “infinite zoom” effect which never ends. Most confusing explanation ever.

QUAD-o-RAMA: The Land Unknown (1957)

As an exercise, I re-edited this Lost World wannabe mini-epic film from my childhood.  I was able to truncate the running time to about 25 minutes (from 78 minutes).  Then I decided to divide the film into 4 equal parts and display them simultaneously:  the miracle of QUAD-o-RAMA !!  Now, you can absorb the essence of the film in about 6 minutes.  You’re welcome !

 

My autobiographical collage film.

In My Head is a sort of autobiographical rumination, constructed of ephemera I have collected throughout my life (photographs, home movies, letters, writings, clips from favorite movies growing up, etc, whatever & whatnot … you know, stuff).  It began with my postcard collection, then my movie poster collection, then it got sentimental & nostalgic.  Although deeply personal, I must warn viewers that I am a very unreliable narrator.