Three Frames condenses feature length films into what is essentially a three-frame money shot (I’m using the polite term here)–animated .gifs consisting of only three film frames. There’s something about the twitchy, jerkily repetitive results that’s fittingly pornographic–each of these ultra compact micro-films instantaneously delivers what you came for. Although there’s a bit too much emphasis on horror flicks (too obvious, imho), I find a number of these to be surprisingly compelling. Not to get too overly analytical of what’s essentially a novelty web site, but some of these animations remind me of Paul Pfeiffer‘s early video works.

Three Frame’s movie treatments actually work best when viewed in isolation from one another. You can also better judge which animations work best on the meta level of representing the spirit of an entire film in just the three frames.

They’ve even given the Three Frames treatment to The Fabulous Stains!!! Anyone remember that one? Anyone??

*Apologies, but I cannot remember where I learned about Three Frames. There should be a via credit here, and I’ve been searching through my .rss feed for the past hour trying to find the goddamn original link, and I’ve got to get on with my evening. Again, all apologies, I usually try to be careful about this.

Claudine Isé

Claudine Isé has worked in the field of contemporary art as a writer and curator for the past decade, and currently serves as the Editor of the Art21 Blog. Claudine regularly writes for Artforum.com and Chicago magazine, and has also worked as an art critic for the Los Angeles Times. Before moving to Chicago in 2008, she worked at the Wexner Center in Columbus, OH as associate curator of exhibitions, and at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles as assistant curator of contemporary art, where she curated a number of Hammer Projects. She has Ph.D. in Film, Literature and Culture from the University of Southern California.