Marco Brambilla’s “Celluloid” Short Film is a Painting in Motion

Celluloid, the new short movie directed by Marco Brambilla, and produced by Artjail is basically a black and white painting in motion. Or a hardcore .gif, if you will. The whole procedure that underlie the 2:30 movie can be synthesized into one single word: degradation. We’ve talked before about the creative destruction, a concept that is valid only for the contemporary art.

The film was originally shot on Red Camera then effected in Autodesk Flame. We created transitions stitching multiple takes into one seamless clip and digitally hand painted degradation techniques to the footage. Out of the Flame the footage was scanned to 35mm motion picture film, where it was further degraded in multiple passes using bleach and other photo chemical processes the talented Josh Lewis. Those results were then loaded back into the flame where we used elements of the multiple degraded film prints to create more specific degradation.

So simple, right? Right? NOT. The extraordinary thing is that the result has a beauty far from the technical destructive process applied by the artists. Besides the kiss and the tenderness brought in by the film’s main subject, the other single beautiful thing might be the music by Nicholas Jaar.

Watch the full short film here:

More of Brambilla’s projects, here.

Celluloid from ARTJAIL on Vimeo.

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Romanian self-taught writer, based in Cyprus, interested in contemporary art, unconventional culture and gonzo journalism. Writing for almost a decade, he is agnostic, supports a censorship-free society and reads way less than he wants.

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