MEDA201: Filmless Photography Assesment


Using 16mm film, I edited a set of found footage clips to try and create a story with cohesive rhythm. I used various techniques including; scratching, bleaching, sticking and drawing, to achieve this.

Because of the abundance of possible war film I got, I tried to channel a kind of “Rhythm of a war” theme throughout. I didn’t want to put a linear story line to my piece in retrospect to the lack of context I received from the film I edited, the time period it occurred or the people captured in the film.
Dziga Vertov’s work “Man with a Movie Camera” (1929) intrigued me, as its ability to both hold a story, it also had multiple rhythms that synchronised with the story flow. His use of quick edits added the proper amount of context and almost satisfying end to each scene.



The inspiration behind my piece and the motif I hoped to convey through both the audio and visuals is one of human interaction with the environment- both the good and the bad impacts and the result of our presence as a species and our interjection in the world impacts our surroundings creating a new aura.

After creating the soundscape (A combination from my own audio submission and that of another student-Madison Quince) and piecing it together with my storyboard, I found that the texture of the noises did not match the images I had envisioned as seamlessly as though and so coerced me into thinking of new ways to present my images to make the project work. As a result, as the audio starts to become uneasy and jarring, so does the pace of my images.

Because my theme of environment/humanity is such a vast concept I chose to forgo a step by step storyline and chose to rely more on the interpretation of the images represented and the effects of the video to emote my work and effect the audience individually.