Back to selection

The Blue Velvet Project

Blue Velvet, 47 seconds at a time by Nicholas Rombes

The Blue Velvet Project, #3

BVframee3

Second #141

Some considerations:

• Frederick Elmes’s lush, Freudian colors.
• The hyper-red STOP sign, a warning to the audience?
• The Eraserhead-like hair of the crossing guard.
• The second and fourth child, carrying the same sort of brown paper lunch bag
that Jeffrey would use later to transport the scissored ear to Detective
Williams.
• The cultishness of the film, already gathering in the open-furnace sky in the
background.
• The fact of SCHOOL taking up the entire lower-third of the screen, and the
fact that Jeffrey is “home from school.”
• The trust of children.
• The adult world, with its rules, and its broken rules.
• A town where Frank lives.

Over the period of one full year — three days per week — The Blue Velvet Project will seize a frame every 47 seconds of David Lynch’s classic to explore. These posts will run until second 7,200 in August 2012. For a complete archive of the project, click here. And here is the introduction to the project.

© 2016 Filmmaker Magazine
All Rights Reserved
A Publication of IPF