Assignment 1: Portfolio


Critical Reflection

I admit I was quite disappointed with my Prototype presentation. I know I’ve got a lot of work to do in order to complete my final project to the standard I feel happy with. Unfortunately due to the many dramas I experienced in preparation for this assignment, I felt I was very behind in creating the prototype. Electronics are really not my forte. I find it really hard to be creative when I don’t understand the materials. So after much deliberation and failure of my last idea, I decided to do something that involves film making, which is more in my comfort zone. However, I believe after more practice with these materials and help from my peers I hope to eventually incorporate these devices in my work.

 My work is going to explore the concept of colour and how it affects one’s mood, emotions or experience. My intention is to shoot in various environmental/natural locations, capturing the movement of coloured powder and how it interacts. Throughout my research of colour therapy, I’ve discovered how colours emit different meanings. This can also be varied by an audiences memories or experiences in life. This reflection and self-therapy I believe will have the ability to spark a sense of curiosity, hence allow interaction. I wanted to actively change the mood of my audience by using the concept of colour. The sense of touch is, in my mind the best form of interaction. I want to incorporate this idea into my work so the audience can therefore physically connect and interact. As well as that, the concept of colour therapy and changing moods unconsciously interacts with my audience as the sense of sight plays with their emotions.

 To enhance interaction, I’ve thought about playing with the audience’s senses. I was thinking, when a viewer touches a certain coloured light, the corresponding coloured powder footage would appear on the projected wall. After my prototype presentation, thanks to my peers and tutor’s help I’m going to explore the makey makey and how I can incorporate it into my work. It’s definitely going to be a challenge for me, but I’m willing to work a bit out of my comfort zone to gain some experience and to get the most out of my project. This involves experimenting with different lights to create a circuit that interacts with my computer. I will also be shooting the colour powder footage in different natural environments, which will contrast with the corresponding colour powder. Unfortunately I didn’t have anything physical to display for my prototype presentation, I did receive positive and constructive feedback from my peers and tutor. It was reassuring that many people offered to help me in the areas I lack knowledge in. Hopefully, over the next few weeks I will be able to work out a circuit that works for my idea and shoot some nice footage for the visual element of my project.

Finished Film & Project Statement

For my cameraless film, i aimed to creatively destroy and manipulate found footage on 16mm film in order to create some unique effects that couldn’t be replicated in the digital realm of film. Inspired by artists such as Bill Morrison and Peter Hoffman, i discovered the beauty in deliberate or accidentally destroyed film. The techniques i used were scratching, burning, sanding, freezing and painting onto the film. I also tried burying the film with beer for a week. Some techniques worked more than others, unfortunately i was disappointed with a few of my decaying techniques.

However, I consolidated all my experiments and aimed to portray the concept of rhythm through the repetition of colour, image and timing. Continuing the idea of decay, i layered many of my experiments together in order to create texture. Throughout the editing process, i decided to make multiple quick cuts to contrasting images in order to reinforce the notion of rhythm.




I used a range of techniques for my film. Some where more effective than others as it turned out. The first technique i tried was scratching into the found footage. I really liked the illustrative element that it gave to the film. I then tried painting on top of blank film, and it came out on the projector really well! The techniques that didn’t work as well as i’d hoped was painting with nail polish, freezing the film (didn’t do anything) and burying it. Even though the buried film did come out with some cool patterns, i’d hoped the original film would still be in tact but it couldn’t been seen through the projector. Overall, i think i have enough good results to create my 60 second film piece.


Bill Morrison

Bill Morrison uses decomposed film to create beautiful and subtle works that investigate the connection between memory and archives. The organic forms, textures and aspects of light of the decaying film create an incredible aesthetic in analogue film. I wanted to recreate this idea, by speeding up the decomposing process through soaking film in chemicals or burying film in the ground.

Peter Hoffman


Peter Hoffman incorporates the idea of decaying film as he creatively destroys footage using gasoline and fire. Definitely not a technique to try myself, but the technique has an incredible effect on the film. I decided that i would try burning the film, instead of using gasoline.

Cameraless Film Project

After researching the many techniques that manipulate and distort analogue film, i have become very interested in the idea of creatively destroyed film. Artists such as William Dauel and Peter Hoffman use tools such as petrol, fire and water to create organic and fluid forms that seem to interact well with the found footage.I’ve decided to give this technique a go, making sure i have the safety precautions in place. Some techniques i’ve decided to try are;

  • Soaking in Petrol
  • Freezing film and then putting in hot water
  • Burying film and dosing the ‘grave’ with beer to create mould
  • Spraying cleaning products
  • Burning with lighter

I realise all these techniques are risky in that there is a possibility that they won’t work. So i have decided to also try the more conventional techniques of painting and scratching into the film.