Sunday, May 4, 2008

An Image of a Moment

Howdy writers,
We've been away in the library, but we're back with a look at the philosophy of Henri Bergson through the analysis and theorems of Gilles Deleuze.

What does that title mean? Well, Bergson defines what he calls the duree, which is the infinitely divided slice of time, dependent on that before it and after but existing as its own qualifiable instant.

With any cinematic attempt, small moments can be large parts of a movie. The slow step towards a door, the slight smile of acceptance, or the look of fear at an encounter with the unknown. All of these moments add up to create a chronological series that isn't dependent upon the measure of time but the measure of the passage of time.

This is seen in movies like Memento which happens backwards or Pulp Fiction which happens out of order. It can also be seen in films where the passage of time is greater than the film length - which is basically every movie. Different films and creators handle time differently as different stories may compress or expand time by years or hours.

Anyway, that's a taste of duree. I'll post more when I finish the books.


Anonymous said...

Chris, totally off-topic, but I'd just like to know where you got the name for your screenplay titled "Earth Bound".

Christian M. Howell said...

Aaah, that one. It's about an alien invasion.

Anonymous said...

You didn't get the name from anywhere? It's kind of a odd name, ain't it?
It's the title of an old SNES game, I was wondering if it was somehow inspired by that (at least the title).

Christian M. Howell said...

No, it just popped in my head while I was working on the idea. It is actually relevant to a part of the movie.