Time-based Narratives

A lot of us for this last project are doing pieces that are time-based; we wait a certain amount of time, take a photograph, and repeat. Due to time constraints, the amount of time we are waiting tends to be rather short. The “Up” documentary film series (the trailer for the newest installment is linked here) is an example of waiting a VERY long time between making some sort of record of something. Every seven years for forty-nine years, director Michael Apted met with the same group of people to discuss their lives. Can you even imagine what it would be like to be a fifty-six year-old watching an interview of your seven year-old self? The audience gets an interesting narrative, but for the subjects of these films, the project has clearly taken a toll. The concept itself is somehow both incredibly simple and unbelievably ambitious, and the final product is a remarkable series.

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