Color Correction, 2015

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Color Correction

USA 2015

Format:  35mm film, 1.85:1, color, silent

Running time:  101 minutes

Technical adviser:  Eric Aijala


Film at REDCAT  (world premiere)

First Look 2016, Museum of the Moving Image

Courtisane festival Selection 2016

Made in L.A. 2016: a, the, though, only, Hammer Museum

Cinema Project and Northwest Film Center, Portland, OR

Dreamlands: The Color of Light, Whitney Museum

Color Correction is a film without an original of the usual kind. Almost all films are printed from a film original, whether film exposed in a camera or film that has been manipulated by direct physical action, for example by painting. The original of Color Correction is a set of timing tapes. Timing tapes are narrow rolls of paper with punched holes that encode the color corrections for each shot in a film. Ordinarily the film original and its corresponding timing tape are run together in the printer to make the release print. The corrections are invisible, and this invisibility extends to the timing tapes themselves. The viewer has no idea they even exist.

Color Correction was made only from the timing tapes for a conventional narrative film, omitting the corresponding film original. The result is a film without images or sound that consists of a succession of different colors, each corresponding to the length of a shot. The story that had determined those lengths has disappeared.

The idea for Color Correction came from the fact that my film Spectrum Reverse Spectrum was made by creating a timing tape to produce predetermined colors. When I understood that the timing tape functioned as the original, I realized that any existing timing tape, or set of timing tapes, could be the source of a film.

full program note


J. Louise Makary in INCITE

Arindam Sen in Lumière, exclusivo web

Phil Coldiron in Cinema Scope, Issue 66

J. Hoberman in The New York Review of Books, 18 January 2016

Jordan Cronk in Reverse Shot, 14 January 2016

Nick Pinkerton in, 7 January 2016

Jordan Cronk, World Poll 2015 in Senses of Cinema, January 2016



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