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Spider


Rental Format(s): Digital File

A hand held 16mm camera was framed and focussed on the centre of a spider's web for a continuous duration of 11 minutes, the length of a 400ft reel of 16mm film. It presents the viewer with a durational 'reel time' phenomenological experience in 'on screen' observation and anticipation as the film unfolds. A sense of the film's intentionality is enhanced for the viewer by the use of a hand held camera which moves in a distinctive way in a continuous effort to keep both the centre and the 'fineness' of the spider's web in focus.

Chance plays a part in the way in which different unpredictable phenomena have the potential to enter and get caught in the confines of the spider's web and within the framed area during the filming process. The film was framed so that the actual spider was situated just outside the left hand edge of the area in 'out of frame space'. This enabled the potential for any unsuspecting insect or fly to get caught up in the web and to trigger the spider into activity and captive movement and into the area being framed.

An analogy could be made with the spiders waiting for it's prey to that of the viewer in the cinema watching the film and waiting in anticipation for events to unfold on screen. This is often the type of film footage which is immediately discarded by mainstream nature and wildlife film and production teams with other representational and documentary agendas to serve!

Production format: 16mm, HD video

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Digital File $50.00  

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