Media Arts Program

Sunday, April 10, 2005

Alan Rhodes


Presented at:
Market Arcade Film and Art Center

(35mm, 20 mins. 2005)

In January 2004 local film maker Geoffrey Alan Rhodes shot a short film, TESSERACT, the story of Eadweard Muybridge, on location in Buffalo. Pulling together many members of the local film, theatre, and arts community, the production team shot the historical narrative, inspired by filmmaker Hollis Frampton's essay on the famous photographer, using some of Buffalo's finest locations as stand-ins for 19th century California: The Buffalo Zoo, The Botanical Gardens, Old County Hall. The process of post production was extensive. Footage captured on 8mm and 16mm film, digital video, and more than 2,000 historical photographs were compiled on a digital workstation at the University at Buffalo.

The story of Eadwaerd Muybridge, the pioneering photographer made famous in 1873 when he captured an image of a galloping horse with all four hooves off the ground, his trial for the murder of his wifeÍs lover, and his obsession with the capturing of the image of time, is told by Rhodes in an experimental film form. The story is presented in panels, like moving pages of a comic book-- the screen itself reminiscent of Muybridge's photographic movement studies. In January 2005 the film was completed and printed to 35mm film for projection. The large costs of production and printing of the film were gathered through thousands of dollars of film student grants from the national Princess Grace Foundation, and SUNY. TESSERACT is the thesis dissertation of Alan Rhodes, who is an MFA student at the UB's department of Media Study, scheduled to graduate this spring.

Rhodes, principle actors, and several crew members will be on hand to discuss the film and the process of making this short film in Buffalo. For more information on the film, please visit

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