Selfie Alert III


  1. Angelico Nguyen, Esq., OP says

    Not for four minutes and eighteen seconds will I be distracted from the wonder.

  2. Quin Finnegan says

    It now occurs to me that maybe you had your own III coming up, and that I’ve weirdly thrown you off beat … sorry about that. I really liked Selfie Alert 2, and this just sort of popped up while I was on the road this week.

  3. Jonathan Potter says

    Love this. I believe the first selfie alert came from Lickona, nicht wahr? in which case you’re just keeping with the stealing trend. Now we all need to post selfie alerts.

  4. There are echoes of Kiaorostami here. It’s what I call the “considered frame-” a tableaux the viewer actively “walks into” and explores, visually, finding details and searching for meaning and what is intended as meaning. Not unlike Tati’s use of wide shots in Playtime (1967).

    The opposite, I suppose, would be what film scholar avid Bordwell has termed “intensified continuity-” the relatively new practice, started by Hitchcock, of separating visual items of interest into separate shots, forcing the viewer to consider them in sequence.

    The Considered Frame is more open-ended, but closer to the real-life experience of taking in the world. The Talking Heads tune goes perfectly with the visuals- a sense of atmosphere (and loneliness, perhaps) alongside the title of the establishment, our tendency to make up narratives in everything we see- (did those two cars leave together? Was that a clandestine meeting we just witnessed at the beginning?), plus the shifts in focus to the water, and the strange vibrating dashboard, not mention a self-portrait- brilliant!

    • Angelico Nguyen, Esq., OP says

      Mr Vass, welcome!

      The ‘considered frame’ fits a name to a concept that had previously been only vague in my mind; many thanks for that clarification, and simply for stopping by. Thanks as well for providing a link to your own work!

      I hope Seattle’s big enough for both you and our Mr Finnegan to flourish. If not, may the better man win.

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