DONT KNOW WHAT

A man gazes into the camera, breaths, speaks, and blinks. In playfully formal austerity, Thomas Renoldner explores the borders of the cinematic genre. Real film becomes stop-motion, language a hammering noise staccato. The film draws comical and intellectual potential from the transformation of organic movements and sounds into mechanical ones, from the dissolution of the world into abstraction and rhythm. (Michelle Koch)


Employing the method of single frame editing, primarily focused on sound, the realistic film image transforms into a surreal, structuralist and finally even abstract film. It creates a musical composition while experimenting with the human voice and transforming language into sound and music. DONT KNOW WHAT questions classical rules of different film genres by combining elements of avant-garde film / video art and entertainment cinema.
In DONT KNOW WHAT I explore the possibilities of single frame editing of SOUND+IMAGE of a live action video. My voice and my body are the central tools for this exploration. I transform language into music, turn my voice into a drum machine, and my body becomes a surreal fantasy with a dozen of arms and impossibly wild movements.
The main reason to make this film was to enjoy myself and to celebrate, that I can talk and move my body.
DONT KNOW WHAT combines elements of mainstream cinema, like an entertaining dramaturgy or slapstick-like effects with strategies of avant-garde cinema or video art, like formal and aesthetic reduction of the imagery, extrem short-cut technique and sound experiments.
The audience is then left to find their way between humor and seriousness in this strange "genre-hybrid". (Thomas Renoldner)

Orig. Title
DONT KNOW WHAT
Year
2019
Country
Austria
Duration
8 min 10 sec
Director
Thomas Renoldner
Category
Avantgarde/Arts, Animation
Orig. Language
no dialogue
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Credits
Director
Thomas Renoldner
Concept
Thomas Renoldner
Cinematography
Ludwig Löckinger
Music
Thomas Renoldner
Sound Design
Andi Haller
Recording
Adnan Popovic
Animation
Thomas Renoldner
Actor/Actress
Thomas Renoldner
Available Formats
DCP 4K flat (Distribution Copy)
Aspect Ratio
1:1,78
Sound Format
Dolby 5.1.
Frame Rate
24 fps
Color Format
b/w