“24 Frames” – That One Film That Will Be Your Experiment
What – “What? What could this photograph be saying? What could its story be? What sounds were being heard when they clicked the shutter? Maybe the sky went cloudier for a moment or the traces of an animal passing through were showing in the snow. Maybe the breeze blew a bit harder, thus inviting the hunter to pull the trigger.”
Imagine thinking this through over and over throughout the 24 cinematic frames for each of the 24 photographs that make up the movie “24 Frames”.
How long?- How long do they last? – How long have you got?
No, for real, each of the 24 frames is only 4 and a half minutes long; a time long enough to develop the humblest mini-theatre (starring nature itself as all the setting, hero, and villain); and short enough not to bore.
How – How to not get bored by a movie made up solely of steady images? – Well, what do you know! They’re animated!
And, voila! That makes it one way to take us through the anecdote of what happened before and after the clicking sound of the shutter.
You may catch yourself cracking a smile, frowning, helplessly biting your nails, leaping for joy– all this by the daily lives of some dumb – barking, clucking, and cock-a-doodle-dooing – livestock.
What a reality TV!
As busy as Keeping Up With ameba coming to life.
Where – In places where you would like to quietly rest and sites you hope to someday reach, such as daylight-saving seashores, midwinter mountain chains, springtime chirping doorways, man even birds flying around as if birds ever really existed…
Why – Why does a photographer choose a moment to capture? How come they want to embody these impressions and not those right after that?
Who – We know what you’re thinking, and we thought so too, but it was no struggling artist, no ma’am. The guy who made this movie possible was veteran Iranian multi talent-cum-director Abbas Kiarostami, that is, the artsy guy who wrote the following poem:
The full moon
reflected in water,
contained in the bowl,
and the thirsty man
deep in sleep. – Abbas Kiarostami
And boy did he mean every word.
Take note of the structure inspired by haiku (the syllable count).
Abbas Kiarostami is the brains behind Persian alternative cinema and photography;
He is the guy who makes it his business to get you straight to sleep with his filmography. Yea, you read that correctly;
The director who chose the wholehearted digital filmmaking with all the exploi… all the Hollywood pioneers out there never getting the vibe they’ve said enough about the golden age of the celluloid film.
When – At the beautiful age of 76, directing with what must have been his dying breath …
Whom – His (we’re guessing, too lazy to check) firstborn Ahmad was left in charge of the final editing following the death of great Abbas – the man whose last film “24 Frames” was the intended final au revoir (he died in Paris) to his fans and gracious Mother Earth whom he admired.
What if you end up bored by the movie?
But, oh my darling, what if you end up entertained?