Thanks For Your Time Enjoy The Showcase

Uni Was Cancelled was made for the Experimental Film Module (LICA 359). Inspired by the flicker film as well as music videos like Death Grips - I’ve Seen Footage. As such it is comprised of single images played in fast succession. That meant that to create the film I had to do some maths, something I had hoped to avoid at university. Each photo would last for half a second, with a frame-rate of 24 frames a second that was 12 frames per photo. For a length of 6 minutes a total of over 4,000 photos were needed. These would additionally have to be in a ratio of 1:1:2 with double the amount of mid-size objects. This ratio was needed in order to create the wave effect and visual rhythm of the piece. This rhythm was also found in the division of the objects into their colour groupings until the final segment. In this final segment all of the colours play together and the rhythm fluctuates and collapses.

These formal elements are intended to emulate the feeling of passive consumption of media, particularly in boring moments of life (like the lockdowns). As the images are indecipherable fully at the speed, instead you may recognise notes and shade of the photos but never have time to see the full image. The sequence is intended to allow for some loose recognition, not of specific images, but of ‘media’ as a whole. This lattice of recognition that, for many, now spans from music to movies to books is also present in the chosen artworks. For example, the use of Hip-Hop variant cover comic books, in this way whilst the object exists in itself as a piece of media, its imitation of another allows for a dual understanding of the object.

Human Experience was the first experiment into experimental film for me, and was intended as an editing exercise to get to grips with the editing software. However, soon into making the film I found that I was able to edit the archival footage of my Nanny’s birthday into something that spoke to the process of memory. I repeat the moments that remind me of the party and the people there. This was footage I hadn’t seen before so revisiting it here was a rewarding experience.

I found creating the film interesting in it's communication of subjective experience through the manipulation of objective recording of events. Particularly the digital manipulation of images, an aesthetic I revisitied in my latest project.

Another project I was happy to work on this year was a music video for the band Finding Aurora. The band is from my hometown of Newport and this happens to be my favourite song by them. For this music video I took it upon myself to plan, record and edit it within 24 hours. This was inspired by a similar challenge King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard had set themselves for their song Pleura. It was recorded in my garage and edited to try and improve my skills with digital manipulation of video. Again a skill that would be used in my latest larger project.

My Tongue Has Been Burned of The Taste is my latest and longest project to date and the culmination of the techniques I learnt whilst at Lancaster university. It’s also garnered some support in it’s inclusion in some film festivals across the world. This piece was created using diary entries, notes and poems created during a prolonged period of disassociation. This, linked with a fading sense of self and memory, created a feeling of losing some intangible sense of personal history. It should be available in full following its festival entries in early 2022, hopefully this trailer I made for the film will give a small understanding of the film.

Other Random Stuff I Made

(Just For Fun)

This lack of absolute recognition is intended to emulate a feeling of boredom or monotony in the audience. This paired with the sound design lulls the audience before the intermission, after which it recaptures you. This late sound design is once again influenced by media consumption, news reels, a radio play and a nuclear safety PSA are the lyrics to the rhythm created by a drum sample from David Bowie’s Soul Love. All of this was processed through distortion and reverberation to create a distanced effect to the sound furthering the audience’s distancing from the piece. Finally there is an intermission including my cat Chubbs, this was included as he so rudely interrupted the photoshoot for the film. 

However, you are not meant to be passive in your viewership, rather the challenge to passivity, and passive viewership, is created by the sound design of the film which creates a soundscape of constant noise, before the ‘intermission’ segment with which the sound design resets and begins to create a recognisable, in some sense, form of sound design. This initial abrasive sound design evokes a stark response from the viewer and forces some level of discomfort upon them. The bass tones mixed to a high volume, with a gentle flow.

This sound was created using a droned A note on a guitar modified through digital manipulation and elongation. This sound was then put through a digital reverb effect which creates a distant and echoed effect to the sound. This was influenced by the experimental sound design in David Lynch’s Eraserhead (1977) which also had hidden tones and sounds to create discomfort in the audience. To recreate these hidden tones on the digital files I used low amplification on samples from Death Grips music distorted and sped up to create digital artifacts. These artifacts create moments in the sound file that raise the tone of the drone and repeat at a steady rhythm with the artifact interruptions. However, the artifacts create different effects within the drone dependent upon the tonality of the drone note, therefore the rhythm actually becomes disruptive in its inconsistent results.  

I hope that you enjoy this project as much as I enjoyed constructing it, I apologise for those who are photosensitive as this will not be suitable for your viewing due to its number of images per second.

Hello my name is Iolo, I'm a film student from Newport, South Wales. This year I've helped to launch the Cut To Film Journal alongside making some films. This year I found a real love for experimental digital media including filmmaking and some new bands. Thank you for checking out my work here.

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