8mm video

Water Ski-ing / St Osyth Lake 1962

This film is made using of footage from two films made around St Osyth Lake in Essex. Both films were similar in nature so I took footage from both films, mostly focussing on the water skiing footage.

The video was simply edited together using Final Cut to create a rough edit, and then processed using Resolume Avenue, to mirror the footage, as well as brightening up the colours.

The soundtrack was specifically composed for the video and went through a number of edits and reworkings before I was happy with the end result. (To be honest this probably went through about 6 months of edits and updates!) I began improvising using some melodic lines and rhythmic patterns in Ableton, before putting together an arrangement. I then rebuilt this arrangement in Logic, but using a range of synthesiser parts, almost chiptune in nature, to give an electronic edge.

A little background to my 8mm Film Project

Whilst taking a look around Castle Road Bargain Alley, a local aladdin’s cave, I noticed a shoebox on the floor. Curiosity got the better of me so I took a closer look. Inside were a collection of 8mm home movies from the 1960’s. I was intrigued by the titles, so bought them and had the footage processed. I’ve begun to utilise this found footage as a visual source and inspiration for my music.

Some of these are heavily processed and almost music video in style. Some of them have light editing and FX in order to add some style and motion to the footage, and some of them are untouched, and used simply and inspiration for music.

This cinefilm was digitised by Cinenostalgia.