Silent Movie Screen Tests

While on tour in 2011, we started making experiments for a possible future Episode 7, using some of the text from Life and Times.  Each film is made up of hundreds of still images.  The actors attempted to form the words they were supposed to be saying frame by frame.  Then the stills were assembled at the rate of ten frames per second and music and titles were added.  We have more of the silent screen tests posted on our vimeo page, here.

Silent Movie Screen Test No. 5 (Paris)

Featuring Anne Gridley and Julie LaMendola. Filmed in an apartment in Paris by Pavol Liska. Edited by Kelly Copper in New York. Music by Debussy: Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10 as played by the Budapest String Quartet (1940).

Silent Movie Screen Test No. 5 (Paris)

Silent Movie Screen Test No. 4 (Trondheim)

Featuring Daniel Gower and Dany Naierman. Filmed at Rockheim (Avant Garden) in Trondheim by Pavol Liska. Edited by Kelly Copper in New York. Music is George and Ira Gershwin’s “The Man I Love” as interpreted by organist George Wright on the Mighty Wurlitzer.

Silent Movie Screen Test No. 4 (Trondheim)

Silent Movie Screen Test No. 3 (Bergen)

Featuring Elisabeth Conner and Robert M. Johanson. Filmed at BIT Teatergarasjen in Bergen by Pavol Liska. Edited by Kelly Copper in New York. Music by Beethoven. Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op.13 “Pathetique” as played by Artur Schnabel (1935)

Alison Animation Test Antwerp