Assessment 1: Cameraless Film Project

2016, Goodbye Lovers

Phillip Stearns and Peter Hoffman work with analogue film in an interesting way by destroying negatives with household chemicals. Implementing this into my own work, I first soaked my film in washing detergent and lemon for 24 hours, then added bleach and boiling hot water before leaving out in the sun to dry. This created an eroding effect which adds to the narrative of the film created. I edited my film, working with repetition, layering, cut ins, fade outs and speed exploring the idea of a man leaving his wife for sea. The use of rhythm is evident through the use of repetition and narrative, interwoven and experimented to challenge the way, we as viewers, experience rhythm in an abstract film.

<p><a href=”″>Goodbye Lovers by Jade Hall</a> from <a href=”″>Jade Hall</a> on <a href=””>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>


Week 2 everyone…

Last week I experimented with film in order to created a eroded effect by first soaking my film in washing power and Windex-letting rest for 24hrs and then soaking in bleach and hot water before allowing to dry in the sun.

The bleach proved to be a very effective way of removing the chemicals which was visually seen on the reel once spliced and played.

However I believe that i may of left the film in the bleach for too long because it seems to have taken away more of the content than what i would of liked..

My concept is trying to depict this with color and seeing if, when color is added. it changes the effect of the film itself. When looking at other peoples work, I recognized that sticking things that although look normal to the regular eye. Once enlarged looks incredible. Im going to see if I can add to this effect at all.

Below is my film:

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:



Changing Dying Art

Curious at ways I can destroy old film in a way that adds and changes how we view this dying art. 

I am currently undertaking MEDA201, in which we are experimenting with film. For me, i have always been curious with photography and film, trying to create a new way of looking at something, that is too us, mundane. Here are some techniques I have found that i will later be experimenting with. 

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This was created by first adding detergent power to a tray of negative film and spraying with window cleaner to fix the mixture and allowing to rest for a few hours or days. Bleach in hot water is then added and left for around 60 seconds before allowing to dry in the sun. 

Cool, right? 

Peter Hoffman and Phillip Stearns, two of my favourite artists deploy similar techniques to create interesting results with old film. 

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This image was taken from his series Fox River Derivatives  in which he soaked the film in gasoline, set it alight and then doused in water. (Wouldn’t recommend trying this, i nearly set my hair on fire!)

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This image was taken from Phillip Stearnes series Retinal Pigment Epithelium and Other Vision Technologies, Real or Otherwise Imagined. This particular effect was created by using instant color film and zapping it with high voltage after dousing it in a mixture of household chemicals such as bleach and vinegar etc. (Still working on the high voltage zaps myself!)