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Dance Shadows

Stan Brakhage

USA, 1986
10 minutes, Colour, Silent
Available formats: 16mm

At the Art Cinema in Boulder, Colo., the Sunday Associated staged an adaptation of Jane Brakhage’s story of Caesar’s invasion of Britain,Caswallon the Headhunter. I contributed a hand painted film-loop, as part of the special effects, as well as making two films during rehearsals:(1) the first dance film I’ve made, Dance Shadows by Danielle Helander and (2) a film which meditates upon unique process of creativity engendered by Denise Judson and the Sunday Associates in production, The Aerodyne (Webster: Heavier -than-air aircraft that derives its lift in flight from forces resulting from its motion through air’) -the latter two films silent. Thus the Caswallon Trilogy is composed of:
DANCE SHADOWS
Silent, Colour.
THE AERODYNE
Silent, Colour,
FIRELOOP
Sound, Colour.
Sound by Joel Haertling
Shot on super 8 and blown up to 16mm, these films are okay for 24 fps, as they were intended for variable speed 8 mm projectors, and, therefore, these new ‘blowups’ can certainly be run at either of those 16 mm projector speeds. – S.B.