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214 215 216 217 218 The Collected Writings of Michael Snow This is the title of this film. The rest of this film will look just like this. The film will consist of single words presented one after another to construct sentences and hopefully (this is where you come in) to convey meanings. This, as they say, is the signifier. This film will be about one hour long. Does that seem like a frightening prospect? Well, look at it this way: how do you know this isn't lying? Perhaps after a while this word after word system will change into something else. Well, take this's word for it. This is the way it's going to be. New paragraph. Most of this film was written in 1975 but for various reasons could not be done until now (April 1982). Thanks to Anna Pafomov for her assistance in placing these words on this screen. Some of the following considerations and decisions preceded the production of this film: In 1979 Drew Morey made a film titled This is the title of my film. Since this is not his film and the "this" in his title is not the title of this film and hence the author (Michael Snow) of this film decided to retain this title and to include the foregoing reference to issue in this film. This is still the title of this film. So is this. John Kamevaar recently gave the author a bronze relief he made of the word this. This is not that. This is not a script. Warning: This film may be especially unsatisfying for those who dislike having others read over their shoulders. Next there have been several films or videotapes that concentrate on texts, for example, Richard Serra, Tom Sherman, John Knight, Paul Haines and Su Friedrich have made excellent use of texts. The author would like to have been first but it's too late. Priority is energy. In some respects, this is first. Obviously this is not the first time that this has been used for the first time. This belongs to everybody! This means this, you think this, we see this, they use this, this is a universe! So what is important is not this, but how this is used. Third paragraph. Sometimes the author of this film is present when his films are screened and can thus answer questions about them. One question which the author expects is: "Why/would/anyone/want/to do/such a/thing/as/this. followed by "Wouldn't/a/book/be/better?" If Mr. Snow is here on this occasion he will attempt to answer such questions in speech after this film is over. It's going to be a very interesting film and perhaps such a question will be answered by the film itself so to speak! One of the interests of this system is that each word can be held on the screen for a specific length of time. You can't see what's coming a sentence could take an unexpected turn. The words could change to black on white or be in colour. Words in capitals could be used and different typefaces. Words could be used and different typefaces . Words could fade in and out or slide on and off. Images or sound could be introduced . Notice how each word is a different size? Some words could get so attenuated or so big, that only a section of them would be showing on the screen. Or they could get extremely tiny. The decision has been made to concentrate on the distinctive capacity of film to structure time: the word as the individual unit of writing, the frame as the smallest unit of film. In this film writing is lighting (Japanese?). This is white light, it contains all the colours. In case you're getting restless this film (long title isn't it?) won't discuss itself all the time. It's going to get into some real human stuff that will make you laugh and cry and change society. Also it's going to become confessional and very personal. The author is going to tell you as much as he can about himself. He's going to be completely Frank. He's going to say where he went wrong in his life, how he's trying to correct his errors and he's hoping that in so doing he may be helping you to improve yourself. T So Is This...


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