Motion pictures and still photography are forever intertwined thanks to the genesis of filmmaking which grew out of "pre-cinematic" still photographic experiments by Eadweard Muybridge, William Friese-Greene and others who were attempting to capture, replicate and project motion.
One hundred plus years on, Atlanta Celebrates Photography explores the symbiotic relationship between the two media by opening a call for entries that invites filmmakers who shoot motion pictures on cameras that are also capable of shooting still pictures to submit their work for exhibition.
While this might have been an interesting experiment a dozen years ago, hybrid still/movie cameras like the Canon 5D and 7D have become so commonplace in everyday production that the aspirational intention of this exercise strikes me as trivial.
The Canon 5D and 7D have been used to shoot features like 127 Hours, Black Swan, Tiny Furniture, and Sundance pick-up Like Crazy to name a few, as well as high profile television programs including the opening credits of "SNL" and all of the Digital Shorts, as well as episodes of "House."
Am I missing the point of this? Is notion that a high end digital camera (like the 7D) might somehow provide a movie shooter some unique perspective because it can be used to take still photographs any different than suggesting that my laptop offers me unique insight to the world of music because it also houses iTunes?
The instrument is a tool.
How it is utilized is beholden to the skill of the shooter.
The choices a (still) photographer makes when shooting a movie are as telling as those a director of photography makes when taking a still.
In every case, the result will be more about the photographer than the camera.
The complete ACP press release follows:
ATLANTA CELEBRATES PHOTOGRAPHY FILM SERIES: STILL MOTION & OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES
Regarding the event:
Public Screening, Oct. 21st, 2011 at the Goat Farm Arts Center, Atlanta, GA
In collaboration with Andy Ditzler of Frequent Small Meals and Blake Williams of Proper Medium, ACP will present an evening of curated video from around the globe as part of our 13th annual Atlanta Celebrates Photography Festival.
Cameras dedicated to taking still images are now doubling as hybrid machines capable of high-resolution video. These videos uncover the "edge of motion", where the traditional shutter-click is now capable of creating something far beyond a single frame. The curators will be selecting some of the finest examples of the genre to present a unique chance to view these videos in a film-fest format, in front of a live audience at The Goat Farm Arts Center.
A $250 award for "best in show" will be awarded by Guest Jurors; Tom Brown, Vice President of Original Productions for Turner Classic Movies, and Michael Kochman, Creative Director, Turner Image Management.
Regarding the Open Call for Entries:
We want to see your best work. It might be a low-res video you shot on an old cell-phone, or an HD beauty from your brand new 5D Mark III.
Regardless of how your video was produced, we’re looking for works that are expressive,engaging, emotionally-satisfying, or envelope-pushing — think about how your favorite photographs make you feel; we’re looking for that feeling, via video!
To clarify, we can’t accept video shot with a dedicated video camera. We specifically want to see what the hybrid still/video camera creates, and learn how it’s being used to do more than shoot stills. In doing so, we learn what “moves” us, as an audience, and as photographers and videographers.
A few quick questions to consider while preparing your submission: how do these new videos fit into the history of video? Are they in dialogue with the history of video art or experimental film? If they weren’t shot with video cameras, are they still video, or a new, undefined in-between?
Is photography widening to include video, or is video widening to include photography?
Entries due Sept. 15th, 11:59pm (EST). There is no charge to enter. Please fill out this form and follow the instructions for providing a link to your video: http://bit.ly/qNbKml
If not submitting via youtube or vimeo link, here are the FTP instructions:
Naming: Please name your file LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME.mov
Filetype: We’ll accept the most common video file-types. .mov, .mp4, .m4v, .flv, .swf
In the digital age, when the camera utilizes electronic rather than mechanical processes for image capture, talk of shutter-clicks, single frames and the like feels anachronistic.
Wouldn't it have been intriguing, challenging, and germane to explore the tactile medium of "film" as film? Why not invite photographers and filmmakers to shoot works on celluloid?
Now that's photography to celebrate!
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