Category : Lab activity

Written on Feb, 21, 2019 by in

Here is something that is really deepening itself into my thinking at the moment. I’m putting it up here because its a good way of making thinking visible in a documented and engagable way. Two words. Miniature Shields. This shield is over 2000 years old. From the picture you can see that it is only 100mm long. Is this in …

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Written on Feb, 11, 2019 by in

The purpose of these experiments is to regard the intrinsic opto-mechanical mode of presentation of motion picture film as if it was important to the overall ontological nature of ‘cinema’ which would include really the camera (also opto-mechnical) and various laboratory devices which affect the film in between. Regarding them as important enough to simulate their ‘effect’ as we transition …

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Written on Jan, 09, 2019 by in

FLICKER WARNING. THE CLIPS BELOW ARE STROBOSCOPIC AND FLICKER AT RATES THAT MAY DISTURB THOSE WHO SUFFER FROM PHOTOSENSITIVE EPILEPSY.   When we view a digital version of a work of early cinema our experience is notably different from when it would have been (could be)  seen opto-mechanically. Of course  digital viewing systems, whether DVD and CRT screen, Blu-Ray and …

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Written on Nov, 01, 2018 by in ,

Can anyone identify this film? Just a few frame scans for some short lengths of nitrate film that were found at the Curzon Cinema in Clevedon. I’ll be doing all the rest of this clip and more over the coming months. I can’t hope to get accurate colour reproduction and these grabs are the best jpgs that the camera can …

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Written on Aug, 21, 2018 by in

I am slightly obsessed with Vista Vision (above) and Techniscope. The former of course ran horizontally and took up 8 perforations. ILM revisited the format for Star Wars to enable a larger, non-animorphic negative to pull off their effects.  But Techniscope goes the other way. Developed by the Technicolour Labs in Rome, Italy, it takes up 2 perforations. The effect …

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Written on Aug, 16, 2018 by in

From now on all my production projects for the Archive Film Series will be made using this camera, the oxberry and small developing tanks. The specification on this Fries/Mitchell 35R camera is unbelievable. The remote controller in the picture lets you program so many ways. It can shoot 1 – 120 FPS (all at crystal locked speeds), it can shoot …

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Written on Jul, 04, 2018 by in

Good results from tests with oxberry, single image in gate, 35>35, halogen lamp. etc Did loads of Lux measurements in gate but there’s no real guide to EV levels that are required and also the shutter speeds are not really calibrated, or even known.  Also the image is sharp closed down (as you would expect) BUT super soft, un focused …

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  I’ll be doing these studio tours during the Cinema Rediscovered Film Festival in late July at watershed (mainly). They are tours designed to verbalise what I am doing on several levels. In this regard they are also performances and presentations about ideas, processes, thinking and working collaboratively. There is an assumed ‘intrigue’ or ‘fascination’ with machines that often forms …

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Written on Jun, 14, 2018 by in

At some point I will make available a searchable catalogue of all the film I’ve got as well as machines and apparatus. Benoit Turquety has a nice phrase.  That film apparatus collections are “Archives Of Gestures”.    In many ways I am planning an archive that is formed by the material history of the medium, the system, the format, the …

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Written on Jun, 07, 2018 by in

Been spending a lot of time on the Oxberry making the digital scanning set up work better. Test results are good depending mainly on the res of the scans, high res just means more processing later to compile photos into moving image sequences. I’m doing some studio tours in July as part of the Cinema Rediscovered Festival . In these …

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