Underwater Cameras

Micheala asked about cheaper underwater cameras than the Go Pro 2.

As some others within the group may want to film underwater I thought that these links may be useful.

Go Pro 2 : The new go pro 2 is around £262 from Amazon uk


You can still buy the original HD Go Pro for about £184 :


Another Camera that I have found that has good reviews is:

ContourROAM Waterproof HD Action Camera it is about £146 :


To Shoot at more than just a few feet underwater this camera needs a case which is about £32 : This brings the total to around £184


The other option is to buy a waterproof case for your own camera or mobile phone. These can be soft cases and work well up to a few meters underwater:Cost from £20 – £50



Locations in the UK

Lawrence asked about possible web sites for locations in the UK. One of my undergrad students used a site to find a disused mental asylum which he filmed in.

I have been looking for derelict places on line and think I have found the link that the undergrad student used.

Its called: http://www.abandoned-britain.com/






If you dig around on the site you will find photos of possible locations. The one my student used was an asylum. He just climbed the fence got in and filmed.


Another site I found was : http://www.derelictplaces.co.uk/


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

Thursday 1st December ICE 12 Oclock

Can we all meet in the ICE base room at 12 o clock. I am putting the website together and don’t seem to have pictures of the families ready. Can we all make sure that we have pictures of the families/victims that are ready to give to me so that I can add them to the pages of the website.
You can name them …….familyname.jpg.

We will be checking on blogs again so make sure that you are beginning to get into the habit of responding to what we show you, making reference to things that have influenced you, talking about your own work that you are beginning to make.

In the session we will be going over the content from the RSA for their competition and also looking at some more examples of experimental pieces.