Communication Failure

A restructuring of some of the source material from The Butterfly Effect. Engaging the fourth wall of cinema, a fictional character tries to make sense of his being.
The fictional character tries to make sense of his surrounding.
No response is given to the proposed questions.
The fictional character becomes aware of being watched by an audience. An attempt is made to start a dialogue with the viewer.
Selective shots of silent movie audiences are shown to help reflect upon the viewers passive role in the monologue of the fictional character.
When no connection is made between the viewer and the fictional character, he then continues the monologue, asking questions to himself to make sense of his being.
In frustration he then ultimately speaks directly through the fourth wall in cinema to the viewer by calling on his viewing instead of attampting a dialogue.
Title: Communication Failure
Subtitle: A Non-linear Videoclip
Type: Montage; Assignment
Type.size: 720 × 480 px
Type.length: 7 min 45 sec
Type.encoding: H264 – MPEG-4 AVC; 29,97 fps F. N. (Fernando) van der Vlist
Producer.affiliation: School of Media & Design, Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences N. O. (Niels) Schrader
Instructor.affiliation: Dept. of Graphic Design, Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences
Description: Communication Failure is a non-linear videoclip in the sense that it is a restructuring of source material originally taken from The Butterfly Effect (2004). On a fundamental level, this project experiments with narrative form by repurposing original content towards telling a different story. This different story intends to establish the concept of a communication failure.
First, fascinated by the idea of having a dialogue between the viewer and the film, all subtitles were collected, analysed, and actual questions were filtered. These questions were then put in a different order to tell another story. Using these questions as main form of dialogue, a unidirectional conversation is initiated by the film directed towards its audience. Second, a few visual frames were inserted that show an audience watching a film in the cinema. These frames are meant to strengthen the awareness of the viewer as participant in the conversation by assuming the role of a mirror (the audience watching itself in their privileged position as the audience of the film itself).
The result is a poetic montage that uses metaphor to express the role of film as an expressive medium that tries to “speak” to its audience. It also addresses broader concerns like interpassivity (i.e. the concept of delegating an experience to a machine or medium that experiences it for you) and the controversial notion of social alienation because of media.
Date.submitted: 16 Apr. 2010
Date.evaluated: 16 Apr. 2010
Language: English (United Kingdom)
Rights: Source material from The Butterfly Effect (Eric Bress and J. Mackye Gruber, 2004)