27th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
director: Yoshiki Nishimura
original title: Silhouette
running time: 7 min.
synopsisNishimura created a long band of still silhouettes of greenhouses and buildings, columns and bushes cast on the surface of an asphalt road using a LiDAR laser scanner installed on an iPad. He used it to scan the streets of a suburb of the northern Japanese city of Yamagata. He then tore out the road marked by shadows like a piece of paper and left it floating in the darkness, without a destination or life, accompanied by a reverberating soundtrack.
“The shadows of Miharashi Hills Town, where I live, cast on the streets often attract my attention. … Every shadow has its own uniqueness. It seems as if all the facts about the town were contained in there.”
biographyFilms by Japanese experimentalist and computer graphic artist Yoshiki Nishimura (born 1954) have participated in the Ji.hlava festival almost every year since 2013, when the festival presented his film An Observation. In his works, he uses 3D models of real objects created using photogrammetry and, more recently, a laser scanner. He worked at the Department of Film and Media Arts at Tohoku University of Art and Design.
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