Hand-scratched frame-by-frame on 16mm, ‘Consumed’ is a dark vision of fire and grace, and a tribute to film in the digital age.

I wanted to explore what makes film unique, so I made a film that utilized its texture as a narrative element. I placed a huge burden of lonely, time-consuming, hand-cramping work on myself to make this strange 5-minute sequence. It took about 4 months to complete the scratching. I used paperclips, thumbtacks, needles, and sandpaper. I had no idea how it was going to look, because I didn’t have any way to play the film, so the scratchings you see are the result of an educated guess.