The Measure

by Monty Kaplan

“The Measure is a project based on Robert Creeley’s poem of the same name which I adapted into a science fiction tale of a scientist who becomes consumed by his pursuit to understand the nature of time and the possibility of time travel.

Through a cinematographic approach, the series examines the theme of obsession and the pain of frustration (both in a mental and a physical plane- manifests internally and is reflected externally). I was interested in exploring the clash of a pragmatic mind with an impossible limit, the idea of becoming imprisoned by one’s own ways of reasoning. The images reflect the emotional weight that the character experiences as he searches for questions without answers.

The project’s narrative is divided in three, the character’s POV, his scientific journal, and a glimpse into his experiments. Each material adds onto another, while becoming increasingly erratic as the narration moves into a dramatic crescendo. The end result is a juxtaposition of the character’s inner turmoil with the metaphysical elements that his experiments produce, a visceral trip into madness.”