Experimental short film. "Unlike a lecture or a seminar where the ideas are communicated verbally (though there was a fair amount of talking and explanation, far more than there would ever be in the studio) this event was an act of making…not so much a show as a musical dialogue, amplified and even clarified (to my surprise) by being watched." Sally Potter.
I felt a sense of Sally experimenting with the nature of time and using film as a means and method to record that. Not only in a linear way but also in a way that a Cubist painter would try and depict something beyond the traditional 2 dimensional aspect of the canvas. Childhood is a period where we least feel the effects of time passing. I think she is looking at challenging what can be held within & out of a frame.
Perhaps some brush this short film off as mere film student exercise, but it's play with perception through the contrasts of a split screen, color, and a hard camera angle evoke to me the palpable curiosity of the director herself, unleashing my own. So it lacks explicit "point" but to make one in five minutes is better known as a commercial. This film disorients in the hopes of reinvigorating our eyes.
It has a psychadelia flavor that reminds me of Pink Floyd's early years with Syd Barrett. Very intense. Very experimental. And very, very vague. In my view, this is just an image play, just a draft, an exercise, an attempt to develop some kind of concept. And because there is no other goal but to try out some ideas, it should not be looked at as an intelectual/artistic perspective. But what do I know?
I think there is a lot to say about this short, it's very experimental, yet so simple, the use of two cameras, side by side, one in color and one in black and white is intriguing. The thing that struck me was how the camera on the right side was not parallel to the camera on the left, it is at a slight tilt, interesting way to use an imperfection.
The playing on the sidewalk between the screens was interesting but the color image has more light, so I found my eye was drawn to it more often; plus the kids seemed to tend to stay on that side more often, or at least Potter cut it that way. The music was good but a strange fit--I think this film really is at its most engaging when the kids are watching US.