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Painted Screen

Graduation Film, Kingston University (2015)


Painted Screen from Linnea Haviland on Vimeo.



SYNOPSIS
A tryptic with four figures is painted on a folding screen. As they are being watched they come alive. Interacting
with each other, they respond to the viewers’ narrational interpretations. They are shadows, but of what?

Behind the screen lures the unconscious...


An experimental documentary, based on Francis Bacon’s tryptic Painted Screen (1929), where Bacon’s life and philosophy are woven together with viewers’ interpretations of his art.

The film combines traditional animation techniques with live-action footage.
Made in collaboration with Anya Milovanova.


Sketchbook image, ink and collage (2015)

BACKGROUND
For our graduation film Anya and I were interested in exploring interpretation and the creation of meaning in art. Thinking of meaning as presenting itself both in the process of creating art, and in the process of looking, we decided to make an experimental documentary which explores these two spaces of meaning and their intersection in relation to Francis Bacon’s Painted Screen (1929).

We went to Tate Britain and asked museum visitors who were looking at Painted Screen what their thoughts were on it, and combined their answers in the voice-over with excerpts from an interview with Francis Bacon from 1985.

The film is loosely divided into three parts: Shock, Chaos and Reality. We worked with hand-drawn animation techniques as well as live-action footage, drawing attention to the creation of the film. We wanted to highlight how we as filmmakers create meaning, as artists and as spectators, both in relation to Francis Bacon’s piece and in relation to the film itself.



Sketchbook image, ink and oil pastel (2015)
Award
Special Mention at Leeds Young Film Festival (Leeds UK)
Exhibition
Tidy at Embassy Tea Rooms (London UK)

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