Multi-screen narritives on the Mobile

Manovich adopts the term Spatial Montage to describe a situation where
more than one image is sharing a singular frame at the same time.
An example of this technique can be seen in Greenaway’s film “The Pillowbook”,
Mike Figgis’ “Timecode” or John McTieman’s “The Thomas Crown Affair”.
Images can be of different sizes and types, but as Manovich points out;
it is the role of the filmmaker to select which images will share the frame
and the relevance of their relationship to the story and the viewer.
Such co-existing multiple narratives alter viewer notions of spatial
dynamics within the screen world.

The viewer is at once omnipresent and able to inhabit multiple location
and time frames. This technique could be applied in the crime/horror
genre to raise the level of suspense via the use of a split screen that
enables the viewer to see information that may not be available to
on screen characters. Eg, one shot shows the killer hiding behind a door,
whilst the shot shows a girl saying goodnight to friends as she fumbles
for the door keys in her bag.

I have been experimenting with the use of the split screen
(see “Distillation” and “Ferris Wheel” films).
Due to the mobile phone’s small screen size, it is virtually impossible
to view multiple screens in the same manner as a cinema experience.
Longshots, and detailed images are often so small that it can render
the information impossible to read or decipher.

The multi-screen film above (Distillation 2) is a narrative experiment using multiple
videos sourced via the mobile phone. Distillation 2 was screened at the recent
“Order of Magnitude” exhibition as a video projetion>
The videos have been placed randomly within the grid to avoid the
intentional construction of narratives.

Treasured moments (birthdays, family dinners, etc) sit side by side with
banal footage (people eating in cars, pedestrians) It is the role of the
viewer to look for the story within a haystack of unrelated video footage.

* Parallel Narratives see Tudoukin


~ by Dean on September 11, 2007.

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