animal movies: (Fox Past)

Judith Doyle

2000, 11:00 minutes, colour/B&W, English


'Animal movies' traces the effects of photography and cinema on our experience of 'nature'. Judith Doyle's voice-over is "rewritten, retold, changed" from Alex Wilson's chapter "Looking at the Non-Human" in his book "The Culture of Nature. A Toronto cultural theorist and horticulturalist, Alex died from AIDS in 1993. The appearance of foxes in Doyle's downtown backyard prompted her return to Alex's book.

'Animal movies' is a multilayered montage. Source images include digital video of urban foxes, tourism films from the Archives of Ontario, 19th century chronophotographs by Etienne-Jules Marey, motion studies by Muybridge, anatomical drawings, microphotography, X-rays, telescopics, and Doyle's 1991 videosketches of Alex working on a landscaping project. Doyle, co-editor David McIntosh and compositor Peter Evans manipulated these images with text using AfterEffects and the Avid. Sound designer Kevin Dowler's soundtrack is a potent mix of themes in the film, realized with sound editor Stephen Balen.

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