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(Jul 13, 2006)
Reminiscent of extreme IMAX films, Tran Scan is a road-trip experience never before captured on camera. A film without words.
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Tran Scan uses a new technique of telescopic, traveling time-lapse, from the point of view of the traveler, fixed on the landscape ahead. We traverse the Trans-Canada Highway in a continuous, seamless "flight" from Pacific to Atlantic in 8 minutes non-stop. A breakthrough in "virtual cinematography" allows us to travel at 5,700 km/h (3,500 mph) in a smoothly viewable fashion never before attained. The land becomes alive.
- "Reveals nothing short of a new way of seeing." - The Blinding Light!
GEOGRAPHY: Don't look for momentary signposts; go with the flow and you'll be left with a sense of the whole continent as if you had driven it yourself.
TECHNICAL NOTE: No motion picture camera of any kind was used in the making of this film. Frame-by-frame "re-animation" took 18 months at a cost of $100,000. The soundtrack was painstakingly constructed from scratch with sound effects that are synchronized with the movements. Most people think it's a real-time film.
ADDITIONAL PREVIEW CLIPS and more information at www.transcanfilm.com.
PRICE INCLUDES Public Performance Rights as long as no entry fee is charged. No import duty is charged on this item in Canada or USA.
ANAMORPHIC (16:9) WIDESCREEN FORMAT. Will automatically play in letterbox format on a regular TV.
Produced and directed by Stephen Arthur with funding from the Canada Council for the Arts, 2002-2003. Arthur directed the National Film Board of Canada production "Transfigured."
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I sought out this disc when it was first released and it knocked me out. Stephen Arthur shows the viewer a seldom seen world of moments in time linked together through the motion of an automobile. In this movement the viewer connects to the world outside of the car in a very different fashion from what is typical of experiencing your surroundings through the picture window of the windshield.
On occasion film makers achieve through the frame a new way of seeing. Mr. Arthur's work rises to that level and is both a technological exploration of film and a beautiful piece of art. Through this ability he provides the viewer a unique and marvelous immersive experience.