What is an N-frame image? Or an N-Frame?

I am reading Infinite Jest and there is a passage that reads:

"A Parody of neoconceptual structuralist films of Godbout and Vodriad, N-FRAME IMAGES of myriad varieties of small household flames, from lighters and birthday candles..."

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    While you might find someone here with the cinematography background to answer that, I suspect you'll have better luck asking this on a site having to do with cinematography/video, rather than one having to do with still photography... – twalberg Feb 7 '18 at 23:15
  • At least provide links, we don't know about Infinite Jest and it's up to you to guide us. – FarO Feb 8 '18 at 13:36

The quote describes short movie "Various Small Flames". Here is cover for it: enter image description here


I think that N-frame image is an image made up from N separate images. We use this language in physics, like 3-dimensional, meaning having 3 dimensions.

For example, this can be considered 18-frame image:

enter image description here


  • I only see 17 distinct images in the second example marked '18-frame.' – Michael C Feb 8 '18 at 4:38
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    I see 18. They alternate columns of 3 and 2. Do you see a column that doesn't fit that pattern? – user1118321 Feb 8 '18 at 4:56

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