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Recording Device

A poetic exploration of the ways we store our memories. A collage of words, images and music, showing how we scratch and etch our impressions onto paper, film, vinyl and other media, shaping our view of the world. A journey through an interior landscape filled with snakes, saxophones, pyramids, the film’s two narrators explore the effects of stored memories, both corrosive and illuminating.

  • David Finkelstein
  • David Finkelstein
  • Ian W. Hill
  • David Finkelstein
    Key Cast
  • Ian W. HIll
    Key Cast
  • David Finkelstein
  • David Finkelstein
    Animation and Visual Effects
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    24 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 1, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    200 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • New York Film Salon
    New York City
    United States
    June 14, 2016
    World Premiere
  • Espacio Enter
    December 12, 2016
  • Instants Vidéo
    November 11, 2017
  • Artists' Television Access
    San Francisco, CA
    United States
    November 19, 2017
  • Concrete Dream Festival
    Los Angeles, California
    United States
    June 9, 2018
  • Moviate Festival
    Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
    United States
    May 26, 2018
  • Berkeley Video and Film Festival
    Berkeley, California
    United States
    November 3, 2018
    Audience Favorite Award
  • Traverse Vidéo
    March 14, 2019
  • Fotogenia
    Mexico City
    November 24, 2021
Director Biography - David Finkelstein

DAVID FINKELSTEIN received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2022. His video work has been featured in numerous film festivals around the world and has won awards at 24 of them. In 2013, he was an invited artist at the Traverse Vidéo Festival in Toulouse, France. His first feature film premiered at New Filmmakers in New York. He has had solo screenings of his films in Bilbao, New York, Chicago, Portland, Austin, North Carolina, Minnesota, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Philadelphia, and San Francisco. His work has been funded by The Fund for Creative Communities, The Field, Movement Research, Meet the Composer, The Brooklyn Arts Exchange, BACA, and other sources.

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Director Statement

My video work is constructed in layers.

To begin a new piece, I first videotape a completely improvised text, typically using two actors. I have been developing my technique of improvising text since 1993. I am interested in improvisation as a way of generating language directly from an actor's intuitive discovery of what each performance is about, as it unfolds spontaneously. A subtle and intimately physical experience between two people is thus made into audible language.

For the next layer, I listen repeatedly to the text, clarifying for myself the emotional undercurrents and musical flow which formed the underlying structure of the original spontaneous performance. During this phase, I compose a musical score for the video, which clarifies this flow for the listener.

In the final phase, I listen to the text even more (now enhanced with a musical score), and gradually develop many layers of meticulously crafted digital imagery, to further clarify the emotional and musical threads which run through the improvisation. The carefully constructed nature of the images works as a counter-dynamic against the spontaneous, liquid flow of the original improvised material. Like a dream, an improvisation seems on the surface to be full of volatile, unpredictable changes, but it is actually a completely unified form of composition, in which often every line of text can be seen to be simply a new way of looking at a single, unified idea. The images and music thus help the viewer to perceive the tremendous thematic and emotional unity which underlies the seeming changeableness of the improvisation.

The full process of creating the video in three layers (text, music, images) typically takes from six to ten months.