Eight seconds of early-1980s computer graphics open the film. The imagery appears to be created on a (then) state-of-the-art Commodore 64 – 320×200 resolution in 16 colors running a basic BASIC routine to display what is presumably the title sequence. We see two bands of white at the top followed by the text itself, the name of the film – “The Creature from Outer Space”, credit to the authors – Evan Mather, John Emeigh, the remainder … a mystery. Of these last four words – which are in fact screened back in a darker shade – the second of which appears to be a number of some kind, the year of filming, 1983. One might then infer that the first word is “Copyright” and the last two – a mystery. Note that the fungus from sitting in a box for thirty-one years is still visible.
Leader film is more than just a strip of white tape. It is a transition from reality into interpretation – think the velvet red curtain at the Chinese Theater. We wait as the leader film calibrates the projector – lest it chew up your family vacation to Lake Erie. Leader film is all about anticipation – we know something is coming and wait. Patiently. The waiting can be nearly painful. The leader could be longer than the feature presentation. Imagine a film of just leader film = 100% suspense. Leader film as title sequence.
But what is special about these thirty-three frames of Super-8 film leader? They are an archive of the 31 years of fungus growing on an undeveloped cartridge.
A few months ago, my mom found an undeveloped Super-8 cartridge in the attic. Not knowing what was on it – or whether any images could in fact be recovered – I sent the 23-year old film (my remembered estimate of filming in 1991) to the lab to be developed. Update: the film was recoverable – and is in fact a complete b/w short film from … 1983.
A feature-length shot-for-shot re-creation of Woody Allen’s seminal 1985 film, using vintage Star Wars action figures. Or, at least it would be, if I could find my elusive Han Solo figure.
This is a time-lapsed circumnavigation of Los Angeles. From downtown to the eastside; down along the Alameda corridor to Long Beach and the Port; up to LAX, through the Sepulveda Pass and into the San Fernando Valley; along the Verdugo Mountains and down the Glendale Freeway and past Dodger Stadium; down and around and back again to downtown – 120 miles in 2 hours. An iteration of this video was commissioned by the A+D Museum, Los Angeles, as part of the “Come In! S,M,L,XLA” group installation (19 June – 14 September 2014) – an exhibition of spatial interventions reflecting on the inquiry of scale. The audio commentary and q/a is from the world premiere screening of “From Sea To Shining Sea” and is courtesy the National Building Museum who hosted the event on 6 April 2014.
Evan Mather’s video is a playful and polished drive-by, quick and audience-friendly — a fitting analogy for the exhibit and its featured group of young designers. The exhibit uses dutch architect Rem Koolhaas’ 1995 book, S, M, L, XL, as its thematic prompt, asking them to explore issues of scales and sizes … – LA Weekly