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 [issy the teenage rainbow|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]

[Below the Line]
[completion bond]
[Film Editing]
[Film Editor]
[Final Cut Pro]
[forced development]
[HD Video]
[king of the queens]
[Kubrick polishes a turd]
[movies from space]
[Persistence of Vision]
[Sven Nykvist]
[Wilford Brimley]

[21 Grams]
[Andrei Rublyov]
[Apocalypse Now Redux]
[Ivan's Childhood]
[The Jazz Singer]
[The Sacrifice]
[We Were Soldiers]
[Wild Strawberries]