18,000 Photocopied Frames

April 3, 2007

Copy Shop

Copy Shop is an excellent short film that beautifully blends function and form. Virgil Widrich is the Vienna-based artist behind Copy Shop. The film was shot in 2000 and was very well-received in the festival circuit. It was nominated for an Oscar in 2002.

The editing and post production of Copy Shop took 8 months to complete — pretty astounding for a 12 minute film. After shooting on Mini-DV, Widrich printed and photocopied all 18,000 frames of the film and then re-shot the copies on 35mm. The resulting effect is mesmerizing.

Widrich has extensive notes, storyboards and videos available on the official site.

- chris

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2 Responses to “18,000 Photocopied Frames”

  1. DeK Says:

    One of my favourite movies!
    I had it recorded on a VHS, and watched it so many times that the tape broke, breaking the VCR too…


  2. […] Fast Film is easily one of the best short films I’ve ever seen. This incredible stop-motion short was animated using origami constructed from over 65,000 photocopied frames from over 300 films. If this sounds familiar that’s because Fast Film was directed by Virgil Widrich, the inventive director behind Copy Shop who we recently covered. […]


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