Emily Richardson

The Cinema Series

A large, blank cinema screen

Each film in the series is a condensed experience of a feature film, a single 360 degree time lapsed shot in an empty cinema where the sound becomes a cacophony of past projections and the aural experience is closer to that of the projectionist than the audience.
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The Cinema Series is a series of single shot films made in independent cinemas. As the shift from 35mm to digital projection systems takes place the position of these cinemas becoming fragile. I am interested in creating a record of this changing relationship between film and cinema architecture and in some way capturing the essence of the traditional cinema going experience, where the atmosphere created by the cinema itself plays a part in the audiences experience of the film. The films are all shot in the same way, using a single 360 degree time-lapsed shot from the centre of the cinema where a feature film is projected without an audience. The soundtrack of each film reflects the film being projected, the sound having been recorded in the projection booth during the projection. Each film is a distilled cinematic experience, the sound becomes a cacophony of past projections and the aural experience is closer to that of the projectionist than the audience. This work is a continuation of my exploration of place and its cultural meaning. Using light to animate space, focusing on the place, the environment itself I am interested in what it can reveal of its history, its meaning and its cultural narratives. The films to date are made in The Futurist, Scarborough, a 2000 seat cinema threatened with closure, The Woolton Picture House, the oldest working cinema in Liverpool and The Plaza, Stockport, a restored 1930’s Art Deco cinema, complete with working Wurlizter organ. Each of these cinemas has its own distinctive character, the essence of which is captured in the films. These films are an homage to 35mm film and the cinema experience.   The Futurist HDCAM / Digi-Beta / DCP 4 minutes 2010 Dir/Prod/Camera/Sound: Emily Richardson Co-commissioned by Lumen and imove, Yorkshire's Legacy Trust programme. Funded by Legacy Trust UK, Arts Council and Yorkshire Forward. With thanks to: Andrew Nesbit and Colin Bainbridge, The Futurist, Scarborough The Picture House HDCAM / Digi-Beta 4 minutes 2010 Dir/Prod/Camera/Sound: Emily Richardson Supported by FACT, the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, Liverpool With thanks to: The Woolton Picture House, Liverpool The Plaza HDCAM / Digi-Beta 4 minutes 2010 Dir/Prod/Camera/Sound: Emily Richardson Supported by FACT, the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, Liverpool With thanks to: The Plaza, Stockport