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Tin House Reels: Jasmine Holt

Tin House Reels is pleased to screen Jasmine Holt’s The Mariner, her interpretation of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s The Rime of The Ancient Mariner.

Holt made her film in response to a graduate school assignment to animate an assigned audio clip. Although she first felt limited by not choosing the poem or the voice for her film, the process of call-and-response with someone else’s poem opened possibilities in her creative process. “I first thought of creating a partially-underwater collage in a sink, using the imagery of ships and sailors to my advantage. However, I quickly realized that it was impractical to put a paper collage underwater. The next idea was to try using fabrics to create a stop-motion animation in Adobe Photoshop and Premier. I ended up making most of my imagery on an embroidery hoop, stretching transparent fabric samples and adding layers, via Photoshop, from magazines and other found materials. I spray painted my type. I love typography, so I wanted to be in full control of the type. I love the resulting effect—those spray painted words on fabric. I picture them being on tote bags and t-shirts.”

Holt does think of the blurred lines between art and other parts of popular culture, like movies, clothing, and advertising, with optimism: “The lines between disciplines are blurring faster in the creative world, and it somehow seems that maybe now we shouldn’t have to pick one discipline; we should just learn how to visually communicate ideas. If we design something stunning or memorable, we plant ideas. When I see a great advertisement, or I watch a really intelligently designed movie, or a title sequence, or anything that clicks in my brain and says, ‘Keep this on your reference list,’ it strikes me that one day, I could be one of the people who help make those cleverly designed pieces. I strive to design things that people want to put on their mental reference lists.”

Her interpretation of Coleridge is one of those memorable objects:

Jasmine Holt is studying art at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (DJCAD) in Dundee, Scotland.

Tin House Reels is a weekly feature on The Open Bar dedicated to the craft of short filmmaking. Curated by Ilana Simons, the series features videos by artists who are forming interesting new relationships between images and words.

We are now accepting submissions for Tin House Reels. Please upload your videos of 15 minutes or less to Youtube or Vimeo and send a link of your work to tinhousereels@gmail.com. You may also send us a file directly.

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