Atagamaton (A-tag-a-ma-ton)

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Atagamaton is a gesture controlled kinetic sculpture and musical instrument built from repurposed analog sound and film equipment, augmented with solenoids, pot- sliders, servos, motors, LEDs, and a microcontroller. Users’ hands are tracked by an X-Box Kinect, and trigger different quantized sounds and motions. Simple positional data triggers the different segments of the kinetic sculpture, but hidden functionality can be found within the z-axis of certain segments, so that users will be rewarded for exploring the sculpture and finding the hidden functions.

Created by Scott Amos and David Parfit in collaboration with Limbic Media. Installed in the G++ Gallery, Victoria, BC. Project made possible by BC FIlm + Media  and the BC Arts Council.

Thanks to Cassie O’Neil ( for the video, and to Manj, Justin, Paul and Nat at Limbic Media for their brilliance.

2012 Victoria Film Festival Commercial

Paul Wilson and I put this together over the summer for the Victoria Film Festival. All effects were done manually. No fades, no digital tricks, no digital transitions, no editing. Shot from beginning to end in one “continuous” shot. (as “continuous” as stop-motion gets…) You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video


Went on a trip to Toronto in June, to spend a week at Phil Hoffman’s Film Farm. What an inspiring place. Came back to Vic with a new fascination with 16mm, learned how to turn a Steenbeck into a contact printer (Thanks to Josh Bonnetta), and how to double and triple-expose. lots of little tinting and toning tricks. Started shooting on high contrast sound stock, it’s got a really low ISO, but with enough light, it looks great.

Collected some footage and skills for my thesis (yup, still working on it, just slowly) and snooped around the Toronto indie film community.

This is one of my experiments, double exposed and printed through the Steenbeck.

Memory Lapse

The newer pieces are still in the works. I was away in Vancouver and Whistler this week, collecting new footage, but had to bring the film back home for developing.
So, I’m putting up an older piece, called Memory Lapse. It won the “Best Short Fiction” award at the Lausanne Underground Film Fest, and screened at a bunch of different festivals. It also inspired an older video podcast that I did called “Other Peoples Memories,” that was clips of old 8mm home movies that I collect, strangers’ home movies. Michael Lee Macdonald did the animation, and Mike Wolske did the music. You can also find it on the MediaNet Video Podcast.

And, this week, we’re being featured on Miro, you can check it out here. It’s an Internet TV aggregator. There are more than 4000 different channels. Pretty cool stuff. And we’re listed at now too.

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Victoria Film Festival 2008 – Window Loop

Week 2 of the Film-a-Week project:

This is a loop I made this week for the Victoria Film Festival’s Pre-Fest Bash. It is made from an old 16mm educational film, altered with chemicals and hand-painted frame-by-frame. Paul Wilson designed the logo, and I put some of Mike Wolske’s music on the web version. Did a little digital colour adjustment to keep with the festival’s pink colour scheme too.
Hopefully the YouTube video compression won’t mangle it too badly, but you’ll get the idea. Inspired by Brakhage (of course.)

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Heading out to Nanaimo next weekend for the Vancouver Island Short Film Festival, where both Grass and Sometimes are playing along with 19 other island-made films. Should be fun.


Yesterday, our Short film “Winky” was picked up by Atom Films

winky goldfish in a whiskey bottleA hitchhiker gets a literal and metaphysical lift from a man and his whiskey-loving goldfish.

You never know where you’ll end up on a hitchhiking adventure. That’s what our hero finds out when a stranger picks him up and takes him for a life-changing ride. Art rock aficionados will dig Michael Wolske’s Repo Man-ish soundtrack.

You can watch it here. Just a heads-up, sometimes you’ll have to watch a commercial first. Please be patient, it’s how they pay the filmmakers.

16mm Scrapbook

16mm tintThis is the first of my 16mm Black and White experiments that I’ve managed to transfer to video without it getting chewed up.

It was shot with the Bolex and handprocessed in some buckets in the basement.

Then I went overboard with the tints and tones and paints, to figure out how they all interact. Ended up with a few nice textures and some unexpected effects. fun.

It’s silent, and about a minute-and-a-half long, projected and filmed off the screen. You’ll Need Quicktime 7 to watch it.

Memory Lapse

I’ve just been informed by the Lausanne Underground Film and Music Festival in Switzerland,memory lapse scott amos that Memory Lapse has won their “Best Short Fiction” prize.

Memory Lapse is a short quasi-confessional film about my fascination with collecting other people’s 8mm home movies. I spent months peeping into the intimate moments of complete strangers, and edited them together into a narrative. MLM sketched up some line animation for it, and Mike Wolske made the music. Since it is still screening at a couple festivals, it won’t be available online anytime soon, but you can check out my podcast called “other people’s memories.” It’s snippits of the 8mm home movie footage I used (and some I didn’t) set to ambient soundtracks. Honestly, they creep some people out, but I find them fascinating.

My New Eyes

bolex 16mm cameraThese are my new eyes.

It’s a 16mm Bolex camera, a classic, before the reflex lens. It still runs.
Thanks to the wonderful people at the Visual Arts Development Awards (VADA), I get to teach myself how to shoot and develop 16mm Black and White film. bolex 16mm

The first roll is shot, and after a few hours in the basement darkroom with toxic fumes, a tonne of (quasi-calculated) guess-work, and some help from Kelly, I finally pulled some pictures out of it (and a mild sensory-deprivation buzz.) woohoo!

Turns out I don’t know how to use a manual camera very well, The focus and exposures are all over the place. I’ve been spoiled with the auto-everything of the digital world. Time to learn some things.