Invisible Dialogue

16mm, 2:44 minutes, b&w, 2014
film: Karel Doing, James Holcombe, Rosalind Fowler
, Emilie Atkinson


A collaborative experiment in which four people shoot one quarter of the film each using a Bolex and matte box, engaging in an invisible dialogue with each other via the masked sections of the image. Each person also records 2.5 minutes of sound which is played back at the same time and optically recorded onto the film strip before final processing. The filmmakers are interested in the synchronicities and frictions that might surface through this method of working, and the possibility that the essence of their intentions might somehow be subconsciously transmitted to other members of the group during the process.

"In short, it is an attempt to break down the superego that exercises such a paralyzing effect upon spontaneity, imagination and sensibility and to restore a sense of desire, possibility and the marvellous." (Murray Bookchin)

Part of Hundred foot III curated by Jim Hobbs

Cornwall Film Festival (Redruth)
Dresdner SChmallfilmtage (Dresden)