Synchresis In Glas

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Bert Haanstra’s ‘Glas’ is a short film made in 1958. The film focussed on the process of glass making where two different methods of the process have been screened. Firstly it showed how human beings are individually blowing the glasses and making artistic pieces out of it like decorative materials, bottles, and cups etc., followed by the mechanical large scale mass production of bottles which is mainly done by machines. It is found that the film is divided into three clearly defined chapters. In the first chapter we mainly see the improvisatory method of glass blowing where artisans are applying their individual artistic abilities in order to create glass objects with a unique art impression. Whereas the second chapter involves the mechanical…show more content…
The activity of the artisans from their hands are edited and shot in such a manner that it matches perfectly with the melody pattern as well as the rhythm of the musical track that is accompanied. It looks as if the music is been created by them, implying that whatever they are doing is also highly artistic it’s not just a mechanical production. This chapter of the movie involves wide use of synchresis and is an ideal example of musical synchresis. Synchresis is the term coined by French theorist Michel Chion which means synchronisation + synthesis. Since synchresis is the phenomena of establishing a cause and effect relation between image and sound when they occur together as if the image is causing the sound, or the sound is outcome of whatever is happening on screen. As the sequence progresses the music also becomes faster in order to accompany the faster editing pattern where we see a perfect amalgamation of mechanical production of glasses with machines and human beings. For example: very brief shots of a man blowing are perfectly synced with the notes or chords on saxophone, it looks as if they are the one playing the

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