Archive for the Abstract Film Category

This Binary Universe (2006)

Posted in Abstract Film, Animation, Art, Experimental, Music, Mysticism, Philosophy, Psychedelic, Psychology with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 1, 2014 by SiNgUlIbRiUm

Director: Brian Transeau aka BT
Producer: Brian Transeau aka BT
Genre: Animation / Music / Soundscape
Country: United States
Language: English / None

A genuine unification of music and visuals.

This Binary Universe is the fifth studio album by composer and electronica artist Brian Transeau better known as his stage name BT. The album features a mix of many genres, including jazz, breakbeats, and classical music. Three songs feature a full 110-piece orchestra. Animated videos were created to accompany each song that includes antique robots, surreal landscape drawings, live action fantasies, and abstract designs.

Track Listings:
1. All That Makes Us Human
2. Dynamic Symmetry (1080p HD)
3. The Internal Locus
4. 1.618 (1080p HD)
5. See You On The Other Side
6. The Antikythera Mechanism
7. Good Morning Kaia

Keyboard Magazine declared of the album, “In a hundred years, it could well be studied as the first major electronic work of the new millennium.”

Koyaanisqatsi: Life out of balance (1983)

Posted in Abstract Film, Documentary, Philosophy, Psychology, Science, World Cinema with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 23, 2013 by SiNgUlIbRiUm

Director: Godfrey Reggio
Producer: Godfrey Reggio, Ron Fricke, Alton Walpole
Genre: Documentary / World Cinema / Trailer
Country: United States
Language: English / None

A collection of expertly photographed scenes on a highly environmental theme.

An apocalyptic vision of the collision of two different worlds – urban life and technology versus the environment. The film consists primarily of slow motion and time-lapse footage of cities and many natural landscapes by the juxtaposition of images and music.

Koyaanisqatsi depicts different aspects of the relationship between humans, nature, and technology.

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La planète sauvage / Fantastic Planet (1973)

Posted in Abstract Film, Animation, Cosmology, Mysticism, Mythology, Psychedelic with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 30, 2012 by SiNgUlIbRiUm

Director: René Laloux
Producer: Simon Damiani
Genre: Animation / Psychedelic / Trailer
Country: France / Czechoslovakia
Language: English

Fantastic Planet is animated psychedelic science fiction film based on the novel Oms en série, by the French writer Stefan Wul. A working title for the film while it was in development was Sur la planète Ygam (On the Planet Ygam). The film had a total of 809,945 admissions in France.

La planète sauvage [French Version]
Fantastic Planet [English Version]
Дикая планета [Russian Version]
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BluScenes: Journey Through Space (2009)

Posted in Abstract Film, Animation, Documentary, Metaphysics, Philosophy with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 29, 2012 by SiNgUlIbRiUm

Director: Jason Rosenfeld
Producer: Jason Rosenfeld
Genre: Documentary / Animation
Country: United States
Language: English / None

BluScenes Journey Through Space gives you an astronaut’s eye view of the wonders of the universe, featuring imagery and specially-created animations based upon images from NASA and the European Space Agency. The journey begins in Earth orbit and takes you past our moon and neighboring planets, before venturing into deep space for a stunning interstellar tour.

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Bodysong (2003)

Posted in Abstract Film, Aesthetics, Avant-garde, Experimental, Independent Film, Philosophy, Psychology with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 5, 2012 by SiNgUlIbRiUm

Director: Simon Pummell
Producer: Janine Marmot
Genre: Documentary / Avant-garde / Independent Film
Country: United Kingdom
Language: English / None

The process of human life and the human condition, from birth through to death, without dialogue, but set to a soft music score.

Bodysong uses a collage of images to present a portrait of life from the moment the sperm pierces the egg until death. Home movies, famous film images, and other sources have been tapped to supply the materials. The film attempts to embrace the entire spectrum of human existence by including pictures of disease, violence, decay… accumulated archive footage of ritual celebration and the carnage of war. The film includes a soundtrack recorded by Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead.

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La Terre vue du ciel / Earth from Above (2004)

Posted in Abstract Film, Documentary, Philosophy, Photography, Pure Cinema, World Cinema with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 28, 2012 by SiNgUlIbRiUm

Director: Renaud Delourme
Producer: Yann Arthus-Bertrand
Genre: Documentary / World Cinema
Country: France
Language: French / None

A stunning portrait of our planet.

Earth from Above is a United Nations-supported ecological project conceived and led by Yann Arthus-Bertrand. The project includes a photo essay-style collection of aerial photography produced by Arthus-Bertrand, in which the photographer captured vistas of Earth from various aircraft during a ten-year period.

An ode to the vital reconciliation between Man and Nature, this film invites the viewer to reflect on the changes taking place on our planet, and the repercussions of these changes on future inhabitants. One by one, the stunning images reveal not only the beauty of the Earth, but also the impact we ourselves have made on our fragile planet.

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Anima Mundi (1992)

Posted in Abstract Film, Art House Film, Documentary, Philosophy, Pure Cinema, World Cinema with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 25, 2012 by SiNgUlIbRiUm

Director: Godfrey Reggio
Producer: Steve Goldin, Rory Johnston
Genre: Documentary / World Cinema / Art House Film
Country: Italy, United States
Language: None

The film focuses on the world of nature and wildlife, particularly jungles, sea-life, and insects. The movie was commissioned by Italian jewelers Bulgari for use by the World Wide Fund for Nature in their Biological Diversity Program.

The film was scored by Philip Glass, who also worked with Reggio on Koyaanisqatsi, Powaqqatsi, and Naqoyqatsi. Anima Mundi features many of the techniques from the Qatsi trilogy, and was produced in between the release of Powaqqatsi and Naqoyqatsi, but is not considered to be directly related to the series.

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Microcosmos – Le peuple de l’herbe (1996)

Posted in Abstract Film, Cinéma Vérité, Documentary, Pure Cinema with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 24, 2012 by SiNgUlIbRiUm

Director: Claude Nuridsany, Marie Pérennou
Producer: Christophe Barratier, Yvette Mallet, Jacques Perrin
Genre: Documentary /Abstract Film / Cinéma Vérité
Country: France, Switzerland, Italy
Language: French / RU / EN subtitles

A documentary of insect life in meadows and ponds, using incredible close-ups, slow motion, and time-lapse photography. Utilizing special macroscopic photographic techniques, filmmakers Claude Nuridsany and Marie Perennou created this fascinating and visually spectacular look at the hidden worlds in the life cycle of an ordinary meadow in France. When seen through the lens of Nuridsany and Perennou’s cameras, insects become gigantic beasts, blades of grass turn into towering monuments, and raindrops form puddles that resemble vast oceans. The filmmakers find humor, drama, and beauty in the lives of these tiny flora and fauna as caterpillars transform themselves into butterflies, beetles struggle with their day’s foraging, and snails reproduce their species.
Microcosmos was a multiple prize winner at the 1996 French Academy of Cinema Awards; the American release version features narration by actress Kristin Scott Thomas.

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Naqoyqatsi: Life as War (2002)

Posted in Abstract Film, Documentary, Pure Cinema with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 22, 2012 by SiNgUlIbRiUm

Director: Godfrey Reggio
Producer: Joe Beirne, Godfrey Reggio, Lawrence Taub
Genre: Documentary / World Cinema / Trailer
Country: United States
Language: English / None

Naqoyqatsi is a Hopi word meaning “life as war”. According to Reggio, the film has no screenplay per se, but three movements with different themes:

  • Language and place gives way to numerical code and virtual reality.
  • Circus maximums: Competition, winning, records, fame, “fair play” and the love of money are elevated to the prime values of life. Life becomes a game.
  • Rocket-ship twentieth century: A world that language can no longer describe. The resulting explosive tempo of technology is war, civilized violence.

About eighty percent of Naqoyqatsi uses archive footage and stock images manipulated and processed digitally on non-linear editing (non-sequential) workstations and inter-cut with specially-produced computer generated imagery to demonstrate society’s transition from a natural environment to a technology-based one. Reggio described the process as “virtual cinema”.

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Chronos (1985)

Posted in Abstract Film, Art House Film, Cinéma Vérité, Documentary, Philosophy, Pure Cinema, World Cinema with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 22, 2012 by SiNgUlIbRiUm

Director: Ron Fricke
Producer: Mark Magidson
Genre: Documentary / World Cinema
Country: United States
Language: English / None

Chronos is 42 minutes long and has no actors or dialog. The soundtrack consists of a single continuous piece by composer Michael Stearns. Filmed in dozens of locations on five continents, the film relates to the concept of time passing on different scales – the bulk of the film covers the history of civilization, from pre-history to Egypt to Rome to Late Antiquity to the rise of Western Europe in the Middle Ages to the Renaissance to the modern era. It centers on European themes but not exclusively. Other time scales include the passing of seasons, and the passing of night and day, and the passing shadows of the sun in an afternoon to the passing of people on the street. These themes are intermingled with symbolic meaning.

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