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Departures, Delays and Returns

By Paul Fletcher

Year: 2012, 39 mins
Code: PF-Depart
ISBN: 978-1-922007-49-0

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New Film Work that creates a fusion of the creative fields of animation, abstract film, visual music, sound art, video art and visual poetry.

Part one: Departures, Delays and Returns
This film is an ode to actual train travel as well as the metaphorical inferences of departures; traveling to ‘other’ destinations, delays and returning ‘home’. This is a slowly mesmerizing style of film determined to create the experience of appreciating the value of the slow passing and accumulation of time itself. This film grew out of a projection installation, The Railways Time Machine 12 minutes

Part two: TOM COD
This work is suite of related audiovisual poems. TOM COD being the imaginary character of the viewer entering these particular film worlds but also being an acronym for a gallery exhibition from which these audiovisual poems have been developed. TOM COD is about the experience of modern conundrums and contradictions; The Tyranny Of the Moment the Closeness Of Distance. In a nutshell we are encouraged more and more to live for the moment but often become to busy and distracted to actually be in the moment. All distances, social and geographical are apparently closer with for instance plane travel, GPS, internet, Google Earth, email and social networking yet do we feel any closer to more or less people and places?
This exhibition and the associated films do not provide a text based essay let alone answers to these paradoxes! The works do however invite experience of specific moments and general reflection on our connections to place and people, collective and individual memory and imaginings.

Extras:
Footage and information of the associated Gallery and Public Projection exhibitions, Tom Cod audiovisual and sound sculpture exhibition and The Railways Time Machine projection installation and live performance. Plus a special password and internet link are included which will enable access to additional related downloadable digital audio cd and electronic booklet.

Paul started experimenting with Super 8 film in his last two years of high school, 1978/79. At this time he produced several films, using Super 8 to experiment with audio visual collage techniques, drawing and direct manipulation of film media, basic pixillation and stop motion. He completed a Bachelor Degree in Fine Art/Media Art at Philip Institute (now RMIT) specialising in sound, film/video and screenprinting. In 2008 Paul completed a Masters in Film & Television on the subject of "An Abstract Narrative form of film" at VCAM Faculty of Melbourne University.
Between 1980 and 1985 he performed as a drummer for experimental music group "Essendon Airport" and pursued a lifelong interest in collecting junk, in particular discarded trinkets and toys. This collection led to the production of 15 short films. These stopmotion animated, Super 8 films were both individualistic and ironic pastiches of mainstream cliches and forms such as, Soap Opera, Romance, Horror and Science Fiction, and the now common Mockumentary; all in highly condensed and mangled form. Films from this period include Dolls (1981), Space Mutants (1982), Rover Dog Elvis (1983).
In the early nineties Paul moved into the production of a twenty minute animated film on 16mm
Watch This Space (1991) and then quickly moved back to the do it yourself low budget ethic in its new digital form with Josie and the Tecno Bunnies (1993), and Virtual Shopper (1995).
Presently Paul has been continuing his fascination with the relationship of sound and animated
motion creating short films, installations and working as sound and music composer for Robert
Stephenson's animated film Lucky For Some (2004), Tom Fraser's The boy who loved the rain (2006), and Magda Booths' Broken Spell (2007) and Dot Com (2008). Susan Mc Minns'   The Last Warhorse.
Paul is currently a Lecturer in the Animation Department of the VCA School of Film & Television, and is also working collaboratively with multi-discipline central Victorian art collective Punctum, and Undue Noise and Equivocal. Paul continues his individual film and live performance projects. 2006 saw the development of a live cinema performance system for the project Dreamlake. Hidden Creatures is an ongoing animated film and public exhibition project which began in 2008. 2009 saw the premiere of Insectaesthesia included as a live art improvised film construction at Castlemaine State Festival 2009 and as a linear short film in MIAF, the Melbourne International Animation Festival.

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