Directed by David Spittle for the New Creatives project, Light Noise explores themes of memory loss through home movies. The film opens with a grainy, unfocussed piece of video which jumps into strange unreadable letters skipping across the screen.
This piece is an expressive five minutes of artwork, a stitching together of decaying video footage to create a collage of intimate shots. The repeating and reversing of the video is a beautifully artistic and interesting understanding of memory loss, and was a unique perspective on a topic I hadn’t really thought about in this way before. This nonlinear narrative film creates ideas of unrestricted time in the mind of those losing their memory, through quick cuts, strange filters and the jumpy nature of the footage. These features all add to the eerie composition of the short.
The slightly haunting original score by Jamie Cook that underscores the footage creates an incredibly tense atmosphere. I found the strange repeated chords almost unsettling to listen to but intriguing at the same time.
Overall, Light Noise is a visually engaging film, accompanied by a successful original score around a topic that needs to be talked about.
We also interviewed David about Light Noise, and you can read that interview here.
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