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PretendPretend

QuickTime Pretend (Clip 1) (QuickTime)
QuickTime Pretend (Clip 2) (QuickTime)

Pretend by Julie Talen is a split-screen feature film, a rare instance for narrative films. It goes beyond the fixed quadrants of Timecode to employ a much wider variety of visual strategies involving multiple subframes. The plot is about a family and its two children's scheme to keep their parents together, and it provides opportunities for Talen to explore the use of constantly evolving split screens to narrate and represent multiple POVs, simultaneous actions, moods, memories, internal monologues, and other elements.

Check out Julie Talen's Glimpse Culture weblog for information on her past and current projects. Talen is also the writer of this informative Salon article on split screens.

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