(16mm film, silent, 2 min, 1994)

distributed by Lightcone (Paris), Filmbank (Amsterdam) and myself.

VRFLM is a short study for the optical printer, based on found footage of fire, on coloured light from the printer and on partially destroyed film. The film evolves from a traditionally centered images towards images covering lengths of the filmstrip and which originate from the filmmaterial itself.


VRFLM consists of 11 sections of which the duration and content was determined beforehand. These I filled in while improvising. Most of the images stem from a piece of found footage which zooms in on a fire during about 30 seconds. I manipulated this original using colour filters, by combining negative and positive versions, by slowing down and speeding up and by solarisation. Also I used colour flicker and chemically destroyed black filmleader.