A Proposal to project in Scope

Viktoria Schmid's A Proposal to project in Scope (2020) begins with a shot of shallow rolling waves. Images are seen of a deserted beach, overgrown dunes and the brush of a pine forest, accompanied by sounds of the ocean quietly lapping, rustling winds, and birds twittering.
Shot in 35mm CinemaScope, the opening of this short suggests a documentary approach characteristic of avant-garde films made in the 1960s and 1970s. However, following upon Schmid's A Proposal to project in 4:3 (2017), A Proposal to project in Scope opens a perspective that differs from historical works dedicated to exploring the relationship between the representation of landscape and the medium of film, as found for example in works by Michael Snow and Guy Sherwin. Schmid focuses upon the filmic dispositive as an interrelationship between the filmic work, its production and reception within the context of media history, and she frames this in new terms. A Proposal to project in Scope not only constitutes the recording of a landscape but also a documentation of artistic intervention. In midst of trees and bushes the camera reveals a CinemaScopic movie screen the filmmaker placed in a poetically sparse Lithuanian costal landscape for nature to casts its play of light and shadow upon over the course of a day. In A Proposal to project in Scope, this screen does not merely serve as a contemporary image and object of media history, it also conveys the Deleuzian sense of "a simultaneous presence of abundance and emptiness, past and present, mind and cosmos, inner and outer", a free and open contemplative space. (Bettina Brunner)


The latest in director Schmid’s delicately fascinating “Proposals” series asks us to reconsider the rectangle upon which our cinematic delights are projected. Filmed on 35-mm over the course of one day, surrounded by dunes, sea and forests on the Lithuanian coast, Schmid reconfigures the screen as a blank canvas upon which sunlight, wind, and shadow create an alluring new form of cinematic art. (Neil Young - Vienna Shorts)

Orig. Title
A Proposal to project in Scope
Year
2020
Countries
Austria, Lithuania
Duration
8 min
Director
Viktoria Schmid
Category
experimental
Orig. Language
no dialogue
Credits
Director
Viktoria Schmid
Concept & Realization
Viktoria Schmid
Cinematography
Vilius Mačiulskis
Sound Design
Johannes Schmelzer-Ziringer
Soundmix
Nils Kirchhoff
Colour Correction
Kurt Hennrich
Supported by
Bundeskanzleramt, Land Niederösterreich, Wien Kultur, Bildrecht
Screen Sculpture Design
Adnan Balcinovic
Available Formats
Digital File (prores, h264) (Distribution Copy)
DCP 4K scope (Distribution Copy)
Aspect Ratio
1:2,39
Sound Format
Dolby stereo
Frame Rate
24 fps
Color Format
colour
DCP 2K scope (Distribution Copy)
Aspect Ratio
1:2,39
Sound Format
Dolby stereo
Frame Rate
24 fps
Color Format
colour
35 mm (Distribution Copy)
Aspect Ratio
1:2,35 (CinemaScope)
Sound Format
Dolby stereo
Frame Rate
24 fps
Color Format
colour
Festivals (Selection)
2020
Sodankylä - Midnight Sun Film Festival
Graz - Diagonale, Festival des österreichischen Films
Rotterdam - Int. Filmfestival