DVD Widescreen, 8 Mins., 2004
16:9 (1.78:1) Anamorphic Enhanced
An intense meditation on the landscape of North America. NO NARRATION.
"A swift, elegant and mysterious time-lapse drive across Canada during which the point of view magically remains constant to the horizon." —Northwest Film/Video Festival
"You'd be hard-pressed to learn more about the lay of this country's land in 480 seconds."—The National Post
Arthur's new film is a good example of films that help us re-see the
world." —Holly Willis, Res Magazine, 2000
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Scan uses a new technique of telescopic*,
traveling time-lapse, from the point of view of the traveler,
fixed on the landscape ahead. A new form of "virtual cinematography" allows us to
be zoomed-in while racing ahead at 5,700
km/h (3,500 mph) yet remain smoothly viewable throughout. This achievement was
made possible only by hand-made, frame-by-frame stabilization, which took
a full year to complete. (*What you're
seeing in the foreground is actually 10-20 kilometers ahead of you.)
re-timing—changing the scales of things in space and time—these can help
reveal something deeper. Here an unprecedented experience has been created by a
well-conceived "reframing" of the old, ineffective cross-country
time-lapse technique, a technique that until now remained undeveloped. Perhaps
the most important thing to appreciate is how radically the bulk of each frame
changes in a regular, wide-angle, cross-country time-lapse road film. There is
no trackable reference point for viewing, and most of the frame surrounding the
zigzagging vanishing point becomes visual garbage. The crucial work of Tran
Scan was the animated stabilization of radically squashed perspective, which
turns the frenetic imagery into a smoothly viewable experience.
simple yet novel technique creates an expression, and an abstraction, of the
differing land regions, conveyed entirely through the unique relative motion
produced from each region's interplay between camera and land.
has developed a unique method of investigating his surroundings and exploring
movement. I have never seen anything like it. It is an exceptional piece of
avant-garde film making."
-- Robert Creighton
'Silver Remi' Award
WorldFest-Huston Int'l Independent Film Festival,
Yorkton Short Film
and Video Festival (Canada's
Golden Sheaf Awards)
34th International Short Film Festival,
Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, Toronto
Short Film Festival, Toronto
Cinema Tout Ecran,
International Film & Television Festival, Geneva:
XIII International Short Film Selection
Ann Arbor Film Festival, Michigan, USA
Cork Film Festival, Ireland
Atlantic Film Festival, Halifax, Canada
International Digital Festival, Canada
Pictures '04: Canadian Films on Tour
International Film Festival, Alberta, Canada
Northwest Film & Video Festival, Portland, OR, USA
Annual Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth,
de cinéma des 3 Amériques, Quebec City ('05)
Docs International Film Festival, USA ('05)
of Place' - Nickle Arts Museum, U. Calgary
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map allows playing by Province or by topographic region. This
short film provides intimate knowledge of the distinct physical regions across
the continent, in a tangible form, as if you have driven it yourself. The trip is in
true sequence; each region is proportional to its true length.
© 2003 Stephen X.
Arthur. All rights reserved.
We acknowledge the support of
the Canada Council for the Arts which last year invested $12.5 million in media arts throughout Canada.
remercions de son soutien le Conseil des Arts du Canada, qui a investi 12,5
millions de dollars l'an dernier dans les arts médiatiques à travers le
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