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Shadow Plants

Shadow Plants is a four-minute videoart film that shows a white wall with a textured plaster and a railing, on which the shadow of some plants that we do not see falls. The shot is completely static throughout. In the background we hear the noise of the street, the sound is contact. The film does not use any effects.

  • Martin Lombok
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  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Other
  • Genres:
    Video art, Experimental, Documentary, Visual Narrative, Art film, Sound art
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 15 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 17, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    100 USD
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  • Country of Filming:
    Czech Republic
  • Language:
    No Dialogue
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital 4K 30fps
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Director Biography - Martin Lombok

Martin Lombok is a Czech-Danish experimental filmmaker born in 1969. He explores the boundaries of film language and technology, using minimalist and realistic aesthetics to create visual experiences that challenge the viewers’ expectations and perception. His films often consist of a single static shot of an ordinary scene, with contact sound and no effects. He is inspired by Andy Warhol, Michael Snow, and Chantal Akerman. His latest film is Shadow Plants.

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Director Statement

I made this film as an exploration of the relationship between reality and representation, between the visible and the invisible, between the concrete and the abstract. I wanted to create a minimalist and meditative visual experience that invites the viewer to contemplate the subtle changes of light and shadow, the textures and patterns of the wall, the sounds and silences of the street. I chose to use a static shot and no effects to emphasize the simplicity and purity of the image, and to challenge the conventional expectations of narrative and movement in film. My film is an invitation to look beyond the surface and to discover the hidden beauty of everyday life.