Korsakow FilmKorsakow  is a type of intuitive and free software that enables a user  to create and interact with a non-linear cinema or database video narrative referred to as a Korsakow Film (K-film). A K-film is made up of “smallest narrative units” or SNUs. In this database cinema project my 18 different SNUs create slightly different narrative characterizations depending on the order in which the user chooses to click. The multiple ordering configurations of the SNUs creates different paths of change in my personal character.

For my K-film (“Loss”), I created a non-fiction narrative involving myself and my two cats: Peaches and Tybalt. My favorite cat, Peaches, died suddenly of cancer in May and there have been emotional extremes during the grieving and healing process which I juxtapose in my film. There is also an underlying theme of reflection as both metaphor for existential and emotional questions, and as a physical component to symbolize the loss and memory of a counterpart.


Production-wise I used a variety of equipment including a Canon 35mm digital camera, a smaller Sony CyberShot 6 MP digital camera as well as a Panasonic handheld video camera with tripod. I edited my footage and photos using iMovie, FinalCutPro, LiveType, Photoshop, GarageBand and Windows Movie Maker. Additionally, the voiceovers were recorded on professional podcasting equipment and the media I used included a combination of regular video, a  traditional drawing, and still shots. My content is spliced with text as well as creative commons music and media for thematic enhancement.

While his theory is that “database and narrative are natural enemies”, this K-film project helped me fully define the dynamic relationships within Lev Manovich’s concepts of paradigm (database) and syntagm (narrative)