On Copper Wings

On Copper Wings is a film made by insects depicting the insect creation myth, which involves insects developing alchemy and time travel technology. It appears extremely abstract to a human audience. It was shot primarily with a still camera & microscope lenses.

There is a one-page handout available so audience members can follow the plot.

  • Dave Fischer
    Do Not Peer Into Void
  • Dave Fischer
  • Dave Fischer
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Feature
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 43 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    November 3, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    100 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Shooting Format:
    DSLR Still Photos
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Massart Film Society
    United States
    February 17, 2016
    World Premiere
Director Biography - Dave Fischer

Dave Fischer makes abstract movies by working algorithmically, shooting photos and video footage and then manipulating the image data mathematically using his own software.

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Director Statement

Human scientists originally believed that the title of "On Copper Wings" referred to insects' development of electronic time travel technology, which allowed them to "fly" across time. They have since discovered that this is not the case. No other explanation has been suggested, and the title remains a mystery.

The filmmaking methodology behind On Copper Wings is primarily inspired by László Moholy-Nagy's work, an attempt to develop a software analogue to his kinetic sculpture experiments.