Canada / United Kingdom, 1976 (avant-garde, 18 minutes, colour)
"Trapline represents a new way of considering film as a vehicle of projected movement... The film is composed entirely of static camera shots."
-- Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre'
Quotes about Trapline
"Because the space within the frame contains little to hold our interest, our
attention is drawn to the source of the sounds emanating from off-screen
locations. By placing so much of the content of the film in the off-screen
sound and by using shots of prolonged durations, Epp suggests the notion
of absence that resides in photographic representation."
-- R. Bruce Elder
"Several filmmakers continue to explore space and landscape on film. [...]
Ellie Epp's Trapline (1975) is the most cooly beautiful of all:
filmed in the Kensington baths, London, it sets a sequence of geometrically
organized shots, outwardly but gently alive with light changes, ripples and
reflections, within the continuous, distantly reverberant sound space of the
-- Tony Reif
Bibliography for Trapline
Brief Sections of Books
- Elder, R. Bruce. Image and Identity: Reflections
on Canadian Film and Culture. Waterloo, Ont.: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 1989. (pp. 288-290)
- Elder, R. Bruce. "Image: Representation and Object: The Photographic Image in Canadian Avant-Garde Film." ["Originally prepared in 1982 for the Okanada Berlin Exhibition."] In Take Two, edited by Seth Feldman. Toronto: Irwin, 1984. (pp. 258-259)