Rachel Garfield

Janet Hodgson
Over and Out

In this film we aim to draw out

the juxtaposition and tension

between the beauty and

banality of everyday air travel

with the high drama that is

often played in the cinematic

representation of airports and

flight, such as melodramatic

farewells and/or fatal accidents

and disasters. This

drama is often represented in

popular films where an airport

scene represents a moment

of import, often at the beginning

or end of a film, a famous

example being Casablanca.

Over and Out shows airplanes

emerging from the sky, shot

from a high vantage-point at

Heathrow during rush hour.

The camera is trained on

the exact point of the flight

path from which the planes

emerge. The frame is filled

with the sky and the camera at

the limit of its focus, giving a

form of pixilation, out of which

the planes come into view

(and focus), flying straight

into the camera, filling the

frame and then leaving. This is

repeated with the regularity of

a metronome. The soundtrack

consists of a collage of found

sound that shifts through the

film from documentary movies

heralding the beginning of a

new age of flight, through to

the high drama of disaster

movies, as deflationary device

and metaphor. Using sound

from a range of sources, the

film tracks the shifting vision

of what air travel represents in

the past and now in the popular

imaginary, from a utopian

vision to the agent of climate

disaster.