Following the overall topic of interest in ‘Exploding Moments’ and discussing the construction of an idea/event within the expanded ‘site’ of prolific footage, I am using the screen as a space to reverse-engineer the narrative of an event (the Gulf War). When I say ‘reverse-engineer’ it is understood from a non-linear narrative perspective.
The screen will provide the space for formatting the footage. The structure I have laid out for now is within divisions of a factor of 3. Vertically the groups are distinguish by ‘scale’ of footage; horizontally they are grouped by ‘perception’ or ‘view point’.
I am compiling footage (an ongoing process) from primary sources reporting the event, to films based on it or footage with unrelated subject matter but useful shots.
For now the key elements I am bringing together include:
1. Out-sourced footage
2. Physical Model of object and landscape (oil valve, desert and infinite landscape effect)
3. Digital model (a landscape piece of the desert with elements from the event/footage e.g. oil wells, ruins of large satellite dishes, oil lakes)
More importantly I am revisiting my Mulholland Drive Diamond to use the relationship between a dreamscape and factual realm of information as a non-linear narrative structure for my own footage. The aim is to refine the analysis and adapt the structure to my own storyboard.
Below is the beginning of story boarding of the opening: a sequence to introduce the ‘dreamscape’ as one of multiple footage screens observed by the an ‘agent’ and subsequently zooming into one to begin the narrative of the Gulf War.
Opening Scene: “The events depicted in this film took place in Kuwait during the First Gulf War in 1991.At the request of the survivors the names have been changed. Out of respect for the dead the rest has been told exactly as it occurred.”
The next steps are to continue the storyboard set up with select shots from the footage I’m gathering. Also plan the physical model to be constructed and start putting together a digital model of the landscape.
A reference useful to anyone interested in infinite mirror effects in general and two-way mirrors: Guillaume Lachapelle: Infinite Mirrors