Response to Cumpleanos

This was cool to me because A) I liked the soundtrack and B) I really like photography. I'm glad that we noted the exact position of Minton's eyes throughout the display of his photos because I was thinking that there was something about the accuracy of the placement of the photos to make this sequence run so smoothly. Had I not been thinking artistically, I would have certainly missed this subtle yet intentional part of this film experiment.
--Missy Briggs, 2006.

This was my favorite piece from Minton. I love the birthday song in the background, I also enjoy the tranistions of photos without too much movement.
--Frank Juliano, 2006.

I noticed right off the bat how Minton used the nose and eyes as a connector for each picture. I thought that was a really cool way of making a journal of his life through the years. Also the non traditional birthday song was just as interesting as the film. I am wondering if the ones that repeated have certain meaning? Year he got married? Graduated? Had kids?
--Jessica Bock, 2006.

Hi Jessica,
Thanks for your review and observations of Cumpleanos. When I made the movie originally it looked like there were big segments where the action stopped, it was because of the alignment. The alignment is precise but what you may not realize is that there is at least 4 to 6 images that you are seeing in each frame. The richness and trick came in when I overlayed the movie on itself and offset the timeline. You are always seeing a mix of anywhere up to 5 years so what you are seeing repeated is actually a time off-set and blending of more multiples. It was only possible because of the strict alignment of all the pics. And actually it is eye centers, nose line and center between lips that was used for matching images.
--Jim Minton, 2006

Interesting piece of art. It was as if life was moving swiftly by as you try to recapture the past. Loved it.
--Hanslyn Farley, 2006

I thought this was a great film. It kept my interest and I really enjoyed the use of all the different photos. We really haven't seen a film that was made with just photos and I think there is a lot that can be said about it. It is taking two forms of communication and combining them together, that's a whole other piece of art itself
--Gina Voss, 2006.

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