Alan Ross

Chicago Filmmakers

Given the many disparate scenes which compose one of Alan Ross’s films, their most striking quality is the continuity and persistence of Ross’s eye. By his initial filming he establishes a definite contact with the real world and then manages to convert these real-life scenes into abstract ideas.

Ross’s film “voice” is established by various technical effects. His 8mm, silent, color, 60-minute Histories begins with scenes that rapidly flicker on and off. An image is rapidly there and not there, a constant pulse unifying the different pictures and transmitting the idea that light emerges from dark or, perhaps, known emerges from unknown. As a part of the overall unity, Ross leaves his camera on scenes for long periods of time defining slow-moving spans which force the viewer to look into, rather than at the images. In one scene with his camera close on the parallel planks of a ceiling and

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