Return to Persistence of Vision (idea)

Motion picture film speed is 24 frames per second--too fast for the eye to perceive any single frame because of persistence of vision. Thus we experience the illusion of continuity and "reality."

The extremely subtle "flicker" that can be observed during film projection is completely unlike the sensation of "steadiness" inherent in video imagery, thus video can seem more "real" to us than film, and--oddly--film can appear to be more "poetic."

In Gravity's Rainbow, his genius novel that will never be a motion picture, Thomas Pynchon incorporates the scientific phenomenon of persistence of vision through cinema as a metaphor for the magical:

"...They have used it to create for him the moving image of a daughter, flashing him only these summertime frames of her, leaving it to him to build the illusion of a single child...what would the time scale matter, a 24th of a second or a year (no more, the engineer thought, than in a wind-tunnel, or an oscillograph whose turning drum you could speed or slow at will...)?"

Gravity's Rainbow, Thomas Pynchon




On Hollywood and filmmaking:

Below the Line

sex drugs and divorce

a little life, interrupted
  1. Hecho en Mejico
  2. Entrances
  3. Sam's Song
  4. Hemingway and Fortuna
  5. Hummingbird on the Left
  6. The Long and Drunken Afternoon
  7. Safe in the Lap of the Gods
  8. Quetzal Birds in Love
  9. Angela in Paradise
  10. And the machine ran backwards


a secondhand coffin
how to act
Right. Me and Herman Melville
Scylla and Charybdis Approximately
snowflakes and nylon


I could've kissed Orson Welles
the broken dreams of Orson Welles
the last time I saw Orson Welles
The Other Side of the Wind


ASC
avid
Below the Line
completion bond
D/Vision
Film Editing
Film Editor
Final Cut Pro
forced development
HD Video
insert
king of the queens
Kubrick polishes a turd
movies from space
moviola
Panavision
Persistence of Vision
Sven Nykvist
Wilford Brimley


21 Grams
A.I.
Andrei Rublyov
Apocalypse Now Redux
Ivan's Childhood
The Jazz Singer
Mirror
Nostalghia
The Sacrifice
We Were Soldiers
Wild Strawberries
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