“Frame of Mind” explores the convergence of traditional and new media within a user-generated digital era. The film fragments and recombines a throw-away movie trailer discovered in a local theater dumpster, underpinning a user-viewer rumination on commercial cinema as remix media. Abused by compression, these are not meant as images of pleasure.
Although there are frames accented by pure animation “jank” and a likely prospect of glitch, the unifying significance from user-experience to user-experience is mostly undercut by chance.
Though unlike traditional expressions of avant-garde film, the user-viewer imposes much of the film’s temporal form. The code is most advanced, yet still inferior as the clunky browser is unprepared to handle the instructions. It’s still a primitive screen, not yet willing to fully output input.
The film’s psychological force is structured around non-linearity, interactivity and flow (or not). References to the “traditional” and the commerciality of cinema often break through even within the hostile, haptic and dynamic context within which the viewer must engage.
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Kevin Roy is an Associate Professor and filmmaker teaching in the Media Arts and Communication program at Eastern Oregon University. His work explores the intersection of digital technologies with traditional methods and practice to form new media artifacts that are often derivative of the expressionistic painting and experimental filmmakers that shaped the formal breakthroughs connecting film art and the psychology of perception.
Professor Roy received a B.A. in Art History in 1995 and a M.F.A degree with a concentration in Digital Media and Filmmaking in 2005 from the University of Georgia. His films and professional work has exhibited internationally and nationally in such venues as the Zero Film Festival, the London International Film Festival and the Museum of Modern Art in NYC. He and his colleagues were presented with the Best Film/Film Industry Website Award at the South By Southwest Interactive Festival for their innovations in web design and development. Professor Roy continues to research digital filmmaking and new media communication and is an outspoken advocate for providing access to media technology education to students in rural communities, helping bridge the "digital divide."