MEDA 201 – Cameraless Film

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Filmmakers are experimenting with a new line of aesthetics by manipulating film stripes by using various chemicals and physical effects to convey abstract and new affects on the responder.  Common techniques include the photogram, luminogram and the chemigram. These vary from the use of chemicals to stain the image, laser lights to affect the exposure and the surface in which the image is created.

Works that have been showcased display high signs of shutter, flickering and almost a strobe like atmosphere to them all which is a recurring theme of the time. The process in which the film is fed into the machine replicates this with each slide constantly being changed over. I felt the impression when watching the videos of a horror/macabre cinematic feel, then in others  there was a sense of cryptic or alien language to them. A lot of these examples from the workshop made me feel like I physically had to concentrate on focusing on the content.

For my own edits on the film, I’ve used bleach and acrylic paint, as well as physical tools to manipulate the film in which I’ll observe in the next class when it’s converted to digital film. From what looked like credits to the ending of a film, I went for the same kind of feeling the previous videos I saw, in that creepy, predominantly black and shuttering colours.

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