Heavy Light

Heavy Light
Adam Beckett
7'00'' · video comp. · colour
1973 | USA
Punto y Raya Festival 2009

This is one of those abstract animated films in which colored, richly textured light moves in a black, three-dimensional space. The pictures and the electronic score are unified in a strict structure made of three main sections which progressively develop three subsections.

This film may look like it was made using computers or video to the uninitiated, but only animation and mucho optical printing are to be seen herein.


Author
Adam Beckett
Adam Beckett

1950 | Los Angeles·CA, USA  / +1979


Between 1970 and 1975, Beckett completed seven groundbreaking films: "The Letter" (with James Gore), "Dear Janice", "Evolution of the Red Star", "Sausage City", "Flesh Flows", "Heavy-Light" and "Kitsch in Synch". Two larger independent animations remain unfinished due to Beckett's work in the growing visual effects industry and his tragic and untimely death in 1979 in Los Angeles at the age of 29.
Beckett's approach to animation was distinguished by his use of the optical printer in conjunction with the animation stand. Beckett favored the complex use of animated loops: each successive iteration accreted additional images so that the loops did not merely repeat but evolved, appearing at once the same and different. In addition to drawing, Beckett used the optical camera to re-shoot various cycles: offsetting the frames to create a phasing rhythm and changing the color or re-framing a portion of the drawing for select sequences.
In 1975, Beckett headed his own studio, Infinite Animation and was later recruited to head the Rotoscope and Animation Department on the ground-breaking science fiction film "Star Wars".
-- Pamela Turner