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“Plays of Light” by Gordon McAlpin

This video is the third and final project for my GDES8114 Graphic Design Studio class at University of Minnesota —Twin Cities. It’s more than a little depressing, and a bit slow-paced (like how I like my movies). And (mild spoilers) it’s probably a little bit like how Jason’s next film will be. My camera doesn’t handle low light video as well as I’d hoped, unfortunately, and I wished I’d had more footage to incorporate into the second half of the film, but I’m generally happy with the results.

Thanks to Miles Mercer for access to the Hollywood Theater and Earl Luckes for access to the Parkway Theater (and turning on the projector). Historic photographs of the Hollywood Theater courtesy the Northwest Architectural Archives, University of Minnesota Libraries.

Music: “Virtutes Instrumenti” by Kevin MacLoed (
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

One Response to ““Plays of Light” by Gordon McAlpin”

  1. david woodward says:

    Lovely work, but I found the presence of the projectionist jarring and took away from the melancholy and deliberately haunted tone that had already been established. I would have found a shot of the focus test from inside of the cinema – say, back row of empty seats – might have helped in place of his onscreen time. Not that I think he wasn’t a big help to you with your project, and I realize there may be many valid reasons not to leave on the (now figurative) cutting room floor. Nice choice of music.