On Edge (On Edge + Mark Twain)

by Ellis, Terence

Film: 16mm 1974


Three films on one reel. On Edge (5 minutes) documents the space around/up against the roof of a small factory. The need to take a shaky/physically awkward position for photography leads to random appearances, along lower frame edges, of fragments of the roof edge. The exercising of an a priori decision to break and make splices at these points. Apparent emptiness of the frame (no frame is empty) places emphasis on films' normal infrastructure of scratches, dirt, splices, grain, etc.


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