John & James Whitney

“Five film exercises (film 2-3)” (1944) by John and James Whitney.

The Whitney brothers’ ‘Five film exercises’ (1943-1944) are based on modernist composition theory. They created their films with cut-out masks, so the photographed image is direct light shaped. The pioneer electronic sound is composed especially for these films, precisely controlled and written directly on the film’s soundtrack area.

Watch film 1 and 4 too:

“Five film exercises (film 1)”

“Five film exercises (film 4)”

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