TUDOR VILLAGE: A ONE SHOT DEAL; (2012); Rhayne Vermette; 16mm; TRT: 5:15
In pursuit of an eclipse, the citizens of Winnipeg flee the city. Meanwhile, stranded in Tudor Village, the caretaker does his best to interrupt their trajectory & entice everyone to return.
Did you use found footage for this film?
This film is a collection of animation processes (both done with paper animations and a model) and b&w 16mm footage which I shot. Some of the audio comes from a found film
How did this film come about?
I was studying architecture and became interested in the surreal cinematic potential within insipid dwellings. I had been living in Tudor Village (for many many years) during my studies and the ideas of this film emerged as I was preparing to make my getaway from my home – a process which took several months of me agonizingly waiting for my lease to run up. Though I loathed this place which I called home, the apartment complex had provided me with multiple ideas and abstractions in terms of its geography/physical stature in regards to concepts of remembering and forgetting.
Why did you make this film?
At the time when I was leaving this apartment, I was also in the process of leaving my architectural studies (Taking an indefinite leave to make film) – this film was the initial idea for my architectural masters thesis, t hough took it out of the academic realm thanks to some funds provided by the Winnipeg Film Group.
I essentially spent about a year in my studio revisiting photographs and a model I built, each day re-animating and re-photographing collages, and set-ups of models and paper. These were slightly aimless shoots, where I was simply indulging my eye with varying light conditions and their visual consequences. In the end, when I revised all the footage, it was like an epiphany – suddenly this latent preoccupation with solar flares and such emerged as the perfect hinge for the film – an eclipse.