Cartesian Coordinates

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cart-frame.jpgCartesian Coordinates is four minute film class project I shot and edited in 1997 on 8mm.

But 8mm projectors were as uncommon then as now, so I transferred it to VHS by projecting it onto a translucent screen and taping from behind. I flipped the reversed image in Premiere and sent it out to tape.

When the old tape arrived in the box this week, I recorded it into the DV camera, then captured it to my computer and compressed it. The result is extremely high-contrast and grainy, but still more-or-less watchable. Stay for the credits!

Dan stars as a tired worker putting away one last overhead projector before going home. What happens late at night in the halls of the building?

The weekend we shot this project, friends drove in from out of state and half of my university staff came to help wrangle carts for the animated sections. We didn't get a lot of sleep, the campus police kept us on our toes (even though I did have permission to be there,) and despite my careful preparations and measurements in the building, we had a few glitches with camera angles.

But in the end the film did well in class though my instructor thought I should have directed Dan to move faster. He didn't know that wouldn't have worked; I couldn't keep up with the camera! I guess now I could speed things up a bit digitally and add some sound...stay tuned.

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AH-ha! So this was the big surprise!

Hee hee...

Ha! Thats cool, I totally remember that weekend too! I'm glad I made the final cut, if only at the end...

I think I showed you my film from the same class, I don't know where it is now though...somewhere in a box in my parents house, they've moved twice since I showed it to you.

Link breaks in my browser? Have had no problems with the other videos so I mustn't have the plug-in. What format?

hi, i would really like to see the video but i can not access to the site?(i keep getting the forbitten accs. message site) I am editing a video for my work(architectural firm) with Premiere to DVD but I am wondering why image quality is poor-they look like moving jpeg file.(I check the my orignal one it is all same) I check all the quick time video from other sites all of seems like moving jpeg file. Aren`t there any way to fix the quality of the images?

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