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SPIN: "Memory" Spiral (2013) 03:30

Collage of digitised analogue Video footage

Whirlygig Cinema asked filmmakers who'd previously screened with them to create a short film around the theme 'Spin' for their 3rd Birthday celebrations, in June 2013.

My version is a "memory" spiral, created in After Effects using video 8 footage my Dad shot during my childhood. It attempts to visualise a common perception of time: Before an event has happened, there is nothing, and when it's happened, it always exists, though with time it gets harder to see. Does time work this way? Is it always this uniform? Does an event exist before it's happened?

This film is in effect a very crude rendition or interpretation of memory. The video footage is most definitely not memory in itself. I don't have any recollection of many of the events on camera in this film, but remember instead the feeling of being in a certain place, or with certain people, at a certain time.

Thanks to Helena Vagnolini and Brad Purnell for advice on After Effects.

You can watch the other nine films which also screened on the night on Whirlygig Cinema's vimeo channel.