Experimental Filmmaking and the Motion Picture Camera
BY JOEL SCHLEMOWITZ
Experimental Filmmaking and the Motion Picture Camera: An Introductory Guide for Artists and Filmmakers, is an introductory guide to experimental filmmaking, surveying the practical methods of experimental film production as well as the history, theory, and aesthetics of experimental approaches. The book explains the basic mechanism of the camera before going on to discuss slow and fast motion filming, single-frame time lapse, the long take, camera movement, workings of the lens, and the use of in-camera effects such as double-exposure. A comprehensive guide to using the 16mm Bolex camera is provided. Strategies for making films edited in camera are covered. A range of equipment beyond the basic non-sync camera is surveyed. The movie diary and film portrait are examined, along with the work of a range of experimental filmmakers including Stan Brakhage, Rudy Burckhardt, Paul Clipson, Christopher Harris, Peter Hutton, Takahiko Iimura, Marie Losier, Rose Lowder, Jonas Mekas, Marie Menken, Margaret Rorison, Guy Sherwin, and Tomonari Nishikawa.
Joel is an experimental filmmaker who works with 16mm film, shadowplay, magic lanterns, and stereographic media. His short works have been shown at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, New York Film Festival, and Tribeca Film Festival and have received awards from the Chicago Underground Film Festival, The Dallas Video Festival, and elsewhere. Shows of installation artworks include Anthology Film Archives, and Microscope Gallery. He also teaches experimental film-making at The New School and was the Resident Film Programmer and Arcane Media Specialist at the Morbid Anatomy Museum.