points of view

A FILM IS NOT A PICTURE BOOK. And why? Because it moves. In real time. Because you can´t turn the pages yourself. A film that pretends to be a picture book doesn´t interest me. A successful film has timing. Rhythm. Rhythm is structured time. Intervals of "nothing" and "something". Movement in film cannot be seen in the individual frames nor in their sum total. Is it perhaps to be found between the frames? But there, as we know there is nothing. Let it flicker, baby. Faster than the blink of an eye. Nana Swiczinsky

Nana Swiczinsky photocopied her original, geometric cell (a black ellipse) and during the process moved it around resulting in deformations. The images so formed are put into short series, so that the order given to the variations result in more or less continuous movement. It is a re-translation of the manipulation during the photocopying process into cinematographic movement. The animation results in vibrations and distortions of the graphic screen, it warps the two-dimensional surface into quixotic impressions of space and at times completely dissolves the strict geometry into flowing lines.
The rhythmic pattern of images, laid down in loops, is reflected structurally in the sound track with "machine" music, which, in it raw smoothness would be too seductive were it not regularly interrupted. Often, during these breaks, a single frame-filling ellipse can be seen - an eye.
Sometimes a motionless single frame, occasionally enlivened and breathing in cinematographic movement.
The different points of view are aspects of the elementary game of perception and association which are here on offer. Thomas Korschi

Orig. Title
points of view
Year
1999
Country
Austria
Duration
6 min
Director
Nana Swiczinsky
Category
Animation
Orig. Language
no dialogue
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Credits
Director
Nana Swiczinsky
Cinematography
Nana Swiczinsky
Editing
Nana Swiczinsky
Sound
Nana Swiczinsky
Animation
Nana Swiczinsky
Available Formats
35 mm (Original Format)
Aspect Ratio
1:1,66
Sound Format
Dolby stereo
Frame Rate
24 fps
Color Format
b/w
Festivals (Selection)
1999
Graz - Diagonale, Festival des österreichischen Films
Clermont-Ferrand - Festival de Court Metrage
Split - Festival of New Film and Video
Lleida - CINEMAGIC - Festival Int. d'Animacio
Leipzig - Dok Leipzig - Int. Festival für Dok.- u. Animationsfilm
Austin - Cinetexas - Int. short film&video&new media festival
2000
Stuttgart - Int. Trickfilm-Festival
Istanbul - Int. Short Film Festival
Graz - Diagonale, Festival des Österreichischen Films
2001
Graz - Diagonale, Festival des Österreichischen Films