This is a little experiment I did, making inkblots with clear acrylic and india ink. I pressed as many copies as I could, then took photographs of them, and lined them up, overlayed and composited them. I threw a little motion blur on them too, to smooth out everything. Some interesting textures.
Part 13 of the 2008 film-a-week project. Film by Scott Amos, music by Mike Wolske (altered by Scott Amos)

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This is the part where I make a bunch of excuses why I haven’t posted my weekly video for more than a month. Excuse #1 – made a couple films for MediaNet’s One-Minute Challenge, which screened on 16mm film, Youtube won’t let me upload 16mm, so I’ve had to wait until now to transfer it to digital. Excuse #2 – I was in Calgary for the $100 Film Festival, where “Grass” was playing (and won the “Best Super 8 Award). Excuse #3 – I was in Dawson City for the International Short Film Festival, where both “Sometimes” and “Grass” were playing. Excuse #4 – I had the flu. Hallucinating. Awesome.

All excuses aside, I’ve got the films done now, and will be putting them up over the next few days, in no particular order. First up is “windowpane.” I shot it in Calgary, while I was there for the $100 Film Festival. Good times. The Calgarians are a lot of fun, and took great care of me, (thanks Mels!)
While wandering around with the Bolex and Luke Black (one of the bunch of really cool folks I met at the CSIF,) we found a window, leaned against a fence in an alley, covered in mildew and frost. With a macro lens, I explored it. Shot on 16mm film and hand-processed by Scott Amos, Music by Mike Wolske.
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My Own Backyard

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I got a new Bolex this week, and this is the first thing I’ve shot on it, a test in the backyard. It works. Good to know. I inspected the camera before I bought it, and it seemed alright, but you never know until you’ve run a roll of film through it.
This was shot on Kodak 7265 16mm colour negative film, but I developed it with black and white chemistry. It turns out that the film is tinted orange…interesting…I was playing around with a close-up lens taped to the end of a 70’s video-camera lens.

I’m still trying to hunt down colour processing chemistry in town, it’s more difficult to find than I expected, but I’m sure I’ll run into something.

The music is courtesy of Mike Wolske.


A short film made for the 2008 “My Victoria” competition at the Victoria Film Festival that screened earlier this week. I’m tossing into my film-of-the-week collection, because it was, in fact, made within a week (2 days actually, in December.) I was just too busy this week doing a vlog for the festival, and I had to wait until the contest was over before before I could post it.
Participants were asked to create a 1 minute video about what living in the Capital means to them, how it affects or influences their lives, or what they feel is unique to living here.

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The film stars Darryl Tamney, Ishe Barrett and John Davis. The Music is by Rozalind MacPhail, from her album “Edgework.” It was Shot on a Bolex and hand-processed.
Unfortunately, “Waiting” didn’t win anything. But another film I did for the contest, called “Victim of an Evil Seductress” won the “Capital History Award.” Once the dust settles I’ll probably post that too.

And CineVic, our local Film Co-op gave me a couple rolls of old expired colour 16mm film, that I’m going to learn how to hand-process. So the weekly excercises will get a little more colourful. Woohoo!

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Moon Over Sombrio

You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube videoHere it is – moon over sombrio – exercise #4 of 2008. It was shot on 16mm Black and White film on Sombrio Beach. I spent this afternoon in the basement, toning it with yellow, brown and blue, and am quite pleased with the results. It’s a little slow, but I find it mesmerizing. There were no digital tricks – this is what the actual film looks like (well, I inverted it with the computer, because I shot it on neg film, and slowed it down a bit) – but all of the detail and texture and colour is on the film itself. I’m thinking about sending it to the lab to get an actual print made….we’ll see… Thanks to Mike Wolske for the music.

lily fawn, victoria symphonyIt has been an exciting weekend. I spent Saturday at the Victoria Symphony for their Reel Music performance…It was incredible; I’m still glowing from the experience. Four incredible scores by Peter Mundinger, Marc Baril, Dino Giancola and Gilles Bellemare, set to the short film “Lily”. I’m honoured to have such talented people composing for my work. And the orchestra was stellar. Top notch. Here’s a pic I snuck at the show – I hope that it doesn’t upset anyone – I really wanted some video, but that wasn’t going to happen.

Tobin Stokes, the composer in residence at the symphony was a great host and all-around super guy, and I finally got to meet Ann Marie Flemming, a fellow British Columbian Filmmaker, whose short film “Running” was also screening with 4 different composed scores. Fun stuff.
And now it’s time to get ready for the Victoria Film Festival that’s starting this on February 1st. Woohoo!

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