Nagler's extensive use of hand-processing and optical printing leaves a tangible texture on his films bearing the hallmarks of human intervention.
This gives the appearance of it being found or rescued footage, but in later portions of the film optical printing has been used to such an extent that much of the screen is white, except for the sections which have been scraped away to reveal the image that lurks below.
"The Haight Ashbury Quartet" are short films that use experimental techniques of superimposition and optical printing
to show private and communal life in Summer of Love San Francisco.
Dunn's techniques of optical printing
had been reproduced by digital software programs.
Using optical printing
methods, each individual image would require separate exposures and negative handling.
The film is a seamless weave of text, voice-over, computer animation and optical printing
. The Last Split Second features stunning imagery, perfectly suited to this tale of sensory perception, with medical scans blending into three-dimensional skeletons blending into car wrecks.
This aesthetic is also characteristic of O'Neill's films, which draw on the synthesizing possibilities of optical printing
to layer and combine materials within a single frame.
For those of us who've grown tired of the ubiquitous optical printing
in recent Canadian experimental films, Museum provides a refreshing reminder of the reasons we were drawn to those images in the first place.
The two negatives are then sandwiched in an elaborate optical printing