Video

Reelescape

Maurice Carroll

2001, 02:58 minutes, colour/B&W, english

TAPECODE 439.10

Reelescape is a short experimental narrative that explores traveling and dreaming. Reelescape was commissioned for Ed Video Media Arts Centre's 25th Anniversary in 2001. To draw a parallel to Ed Video's 25 year history I reviewed my own video archives form the last seventeen years with the idea of using fragments of footage for the project. It was during this time that the events of September 11th took place.
This event completely changed my perspective if the project. Artistically, Reelescape was going to express my continual exploration into compositing which I used extensively in Cycle. I decided to strip away most of the effects in place of very simple images. Reelescape attempts to put the viewer into a frame of mind that allows them to reflect and to think and imagine. ("I was traveling...the ceiling was the open sky...I could see anything, anything I wish.") Sequences of black frames in the production permit the audience time to see with their own thoughts. Images of a train and plane journey as well as an astronaut seemingly floating are metaphors for the creative journey of expression. Reelescape opens with an aerial shot approaching NYC (December, 1985). The train journey depicted in the video was taped just outside Washington, DC in 1991. The astronaut sequence was taped at the Smithsonian also in 1991.

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