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Animating Found Footage

Recently attended a follow-up day led by James Holcombe (from no.w.here) working with 16mm film stock, (see In Genial Company and A Weekend with Bolex) which was organised by CineStar.

using Lettraset letters in the printing process

using Lettraset letters in the printing process

This time, we used a variety of household chemicals and dye stuffs to dismember a reel of found footage, a reel of black and white optical print with sound.  This is a method of ‘camera-less’ film making, creating a sort of expanded projection or ‘animation’ of the original.

saturated footage drying in the breeze

‘saturated’ footage drying in the breeze

By immersing fragments of the footage in these baths of prepared chemicals, the images can be watched as they slide and slip away or become stained by baths of dye or solutions of heavy metal salts.   The ‘toning’ affects the silver on the film and can be arrested at any point by taking the footage out of the solution and plunged into a bath of water.  The resulting imagery, dried and once more randomly spliced together, becomes a ‘direct animation’ version of the original footage.

effects of tinting and toning using an ipad as a light box

effects of tinting and toning using an iPad as a light box

Here is a snippet of the result:

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I am now wondering how I might use such a technique in my walking practice.

For other ‘saturated’ imagery, here.


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In Genial Company

A 16mm Collaboration

What could be more compatible than a group of artists working together on a project?   In this instance it was the making of a film on the no.w.here workshop (see A Weekend with Bolex).  This film was put together by Stuart (one of the participants) from his ‘phone footage and is the result of that collaboration.   What is evident in the film is the obvious playfulness in the visuals and the delight in the ‘chatter’ as we watch the results.  What could be more companionable than that?

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