Chloé Lefort’s personal sphere of interest combines creative coding, films and non-linear narrative concepts.
She often uses films as a digital material to create. And, during her Honours project, she predominantly played with methods of film editing.
Her work relies heavily on the audience’s capacity to expand on the narratives, and to critic the new random juxtaposition and aggregation of film clips.
Processing, Adobe Premiere Pro, Autodesk Maya 3D
This live generative piece has random access to a database of film clips where the ocean is the main subject. As the collection of clips can always be enriched and will continually be expanding, Discontinuity is an interface to a database in perpetual change.
The software program fragments the editing of this unconventional nonlinear film. And whether the juxtaposition of found footage is cohesive or not is entirely up to the viewer.
Similarly to Virtual Reality (VR) cinema, this piece challenges the dogma of the rectangular frame and disrupts the pre-cinematic spatialized narrative with its circular projection, which forces the audience to be active viewers.
Discontinuity endlessly displays multiple narratives at once, with no linear pursuit.
It is an attempt at reinventing cinema and creating a nonlinear cinema experience.
(Offensive language warning)
Processing, Adobe Premiere Pro
Birdman (or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu in 2014 was edited to give the impression it was filmed in a continuous single take, like a one-shot film.
This work is a restless generative piece where the program plays with the subtitling of the original film in order to edit this nonlinear narrative. Choosing one specific timestamp after another, the software compiles fragments into a different movie. The random cuts in the narrative aim to disrupt the fluidity of the camera’s long take.
2 Shorts films (31min6s)
Adobe Premiere Pro
6 scenes were extracted from both versions (Him and Her) of The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby by Ned Benson (2013), in particular scenes where both main characters shared the same space. The clips were then edited together in two different experiments.
Simultaneity1 is a split screen where the scenes from the two different movies play side by side (Him on the left and Her on the right). This juxtaposition creates a conversation where colours, tones, rhythms and performances contrast.
Simultaneity2 plays a compilation of the 6 extracted scenes on top of the other. The narrative space and soundtracks blend in a short film saturated with audio and visual information.