Working with Analogue film


So excited to start this subject. Too be honest I thought i’d be doing computer coding again, which I’m not. Film production- Something I’m actually really interested in!

This week has already got me thinking every second about how i can damage negative film that is already beautiful into something even more.

Jessicah Halliday’s handmade video explores the idea of sticking petals on a negative film in order to get a microscopic view of a flower. Although no audio has been added, the video is unique in the fact that the colour exploration and use of petal draws the viewer into a virtual reality. Normally we don’t see petals in that much magnitude, so Jessicah explores this in a narrative aspect by adding a scratched poem in-between frames of the petal in order to create a greater experience.

The handmade film created by Rory McKay explores the kaleidoscope of letters and numbers in black and white. Focusing on the mixture of effects used to slow, mix and speed up the process of the visual stimulus we are seeing. To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of this work simply because it doesn’t show much technique other than the after editing effects.

Matt Okeefe’s handmade film uses a range of different techniques. First he takes a pre shot film from the war and then adds to the beauty of it by destroying the reel through, burning, scratching and layering. This in a way adds to the original narrative of the original film, he also edits the film clip once damaged and adds in an overlapping technique and repetition.

Brodie AcAulay’s film has to be one of my favourites, using a plain film which has been hole punched and threaded adds to the x-ray feel of this particular piece. The use of small parts of a watch also adds to the feel of this film. These pieces have been stuck down with precision and later been edited which kaleidoscope effects as well as an overlapping technique.

In class we had our own experience at creating damaged film- this was awesome fun. I stuck a range of different things onto my film such as plants and different sections of my film, (Overlapped different sections of my film and stuck it over the top of another film). I also scratched my film and added bleach to break down the chemical layer.

We then attached all our film reels together to create a short film.

Please see below a section of the short film created:




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