Dir. Morgan Fisher, 16mm Color Sound 00:11:00
I believe in simplicity. and my belief has hardened since this film was made. It is a single take with a fixed camera. From the purely technical viewpoint a synchronous sound film could not be simpler than this. Yet, this utterly fundamental technique raises questions abut tone, viewpoint, and compositional method in an ambiguous and disturbing way. In fact these questions were possible to make a film without any technique at all, but unhappily this ideal state is by definition unattainable. Ultimately an object must be made. The entire film derives from a single insight that accounts for every detail of its elaboration, including the provision within its rigid construction of spaces for purely voluntary acts. This single idea perceived, it was only necessary to shoot the film. There were no further decisions to be made. The film's substance is owed to that instant. This creates the paradox of a film that is utterly plain and open, and yet at the same time totally hermetic.