Back Up your footage

Message from Andrew Salt the ICE Technician:

Hi all,

Just to remind you that the Mac in ICE are being re-imaged with Lion over Christmas, so please could you let your students know that they need to make sure they have a backup of any work they have saved locally on the computers.



It is really important that you all back up any edits that you have stored locally on the machines in base room at ICE. If you haven’t then make sure that you do this week.


BFI (British Film Institute) Good Research Resource

The BFI is a great resource for finding the more obscure filmmakers that challenged and question the form of film itself.

They have an archive of films that you can access and view online if you are connecting to their site through the university network. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

You will also get interviews with filmmakers that although excellent are often little known like Pere Portabella a filmmaker from Spain who worked with Bunuel through the Franco era in Spain.

They have a youtube channel

The Screen Online archive of UK film and TV can be accessed from any University network and allows you to search and watch a huge archive of material.

You will come across really interesting filmmakers like the experimental filmmaker Len Lye

Some Other Experimental Filmmakers:

The Wilson Twins

One of their most recent works is the Aryan Papers a film they made after access to Kubricks Archive

A little background on the sisters

An article about them from the Independent

Lecture given at the Architectural Association with clips from their work (well worth putting up with bad sound)

More Experimental Links

Peter Greenaway is an English filmmaker who has made a series of films some more mainstream than others. In his project Tulse Luper Suitcases he combined a film with an exhibition and installations based in gallery spaces and outside projections to experiment with new hybrid forms.
Tulse Luper
Tulse Luper Introduction

Peter Greenaway wrote a paper on the death of Cinema called Cinema Militans which is worth reading.

A clip from Tulse Luper Performance

We saw earlier Bill Viola’s Reflecting Pool and how he manipulated both time and screen space.
It is worth looking at some of his other pieces like:

There have been some interesting visual experiments with audio and visual experimentation relating to the music industry;

Michel Gondry Look up some of his work on Youtube

Stop motion animation for the White Stripes

Chemical Brothers

Public Enemy were doing some interesting things with sound and sampling building up sounds from cutting up and mixing found sounds from a variety of sources to create something new.

Chris Cunningham who makes films for many musicians collaborated with Gill Scott Heron, on the piece New York is Killing Me. Visually in its use of the triptych format is interesting.

Gill Scott Heron also wrote the Revolution will not be televised

Term Openings

I have been told that the ICE building is open until the 23rd of December and Officially reopens on the 3rd of January. But Andrew Salt said that you may also be able to access the building with your cards in the week between Christmas and the new year so 27th December to the 30th of December.

Our first session on return is Thursday 12th January. Have a good holiday! And thanks for all the food.

Thursday 8th December from 12 midday

Looking forward to hearing/seeing your initial ideas for your experimental films. We will go through each persons ideas and share and discuss them within the group.

Don’t forget the food for after 5pm. Ken and I want to give you feedback on how you are getting on before we break for the holidays.

See you all tomorrow.

Experimental Techniques

Download and listen carefully to each of the three audio pieces from the RSA.
By next Thursday 8th December you need to have chosen the talk or talks that you want to focus on as the inspiration for your experimental piece to be uploaded to the RSA site by the 19th of January 2012.

The film can be between 30 seconds and 5 minutes in length.

Next Thursday come with your initial ideas about your approach and how you are going to think about:

The use of screen space, montage, compositing, multi screen effects, (Watch Vertov’s Man with a movie camera again) 1929 Begins with the instruction to the audience : “This film is an experiment in cinematic communication”

Time speeding up, slowing down combining the two in one screen space

Sound, rhythm, repetition, mixing of naturalistic sound with constructed effects, use of hype real sound. Mixing and cutting up sound like Burrough’s cut up technique, see below.

Use of colour, themes, repetition, pacing cutting etc creating an atmosphere. Mixing animation with live action.

See another clip from a Jan Svankmajer stop motion short on the subject of food

Yet another Svankmjer on food titled meat love:

Experimental use of screen space The reflecting pool by Bill Viola

The Raft

Derek Jarman Blue:

Steve Reich Experimental music Trains