Joseph Bernard

Variant Chants

(Joseph Bernard, 1983)

This is an often rapid montage of stills and short clips referencing aspects of “set-up” or tabletop filmmaking, as well as my own paintings on glass and 35mm slide photographs....

Drawings On Africa

(Joseph Bernard, 1981)

Totally under-exposed 35mm slides of African maps were provided to be drawn on by a 10 and a 12 year old. The slides, with their emulsion-scratched images, were then macro...

Film for Untitled Viewer

(Joseph Bernard, 1983)

A traveling-text soliloquy acknowledging an unknown, perceptive audience member with whom I’m sharing this film....

Night Mix

(Joseph Bernard, 1982)

This particular one carries a broad filmmaking vocabulary and was a response to a “still vs motion” picture debate between a photographer friend and myself. It was highly altered with...

Semblance: Frampton Brakhage Relation

(Joseph Bernard, 1981)

A simplistic analogy of obvious disparities between these two masters that I concocted on the beach in Provincetown. As a disclaimer: my filmed comparisons relating H.F. & S.B. should in...

Ritual

(Joseph Bernard, 1979)

A 50’ roll of film edited in camera; a small gem with timing & lap dissolves that were truly a gift....

Icon

(Joseph Bernard, 1978)

Beyond much single frame shooting, Icon allowed the use of cropped stencil letters as abstractions and the idea of bringing other painting tools and sensibilities to film....

Chamber

(Joseph Bernard, 1977)

Significantly pivotal, this early experiment shot with a flawed camera, made editing manipulation indispensable, even desirable. The first & last images are of a portion/ detail of “Chamber” -- a...