Thursday 13 August 2009

Butterfly (1973)

As you can see from the shots of a black & white TV, this was made in pre-digital times. I made the movie around 1973, when I was 16 years old.
Shot on a clockwork Standard 8mm movie film camera. Standard 8 was a home movie format that preceded Super 8mm. It's like Super 8 but it has larger sprocket holes. The format used 16mm film stock, which needed to be turned over halfway through shooting to expose the other side of film. When processed the film was split down the middle then joined up again to form a continuous 8mm film. This meant it was easy to generate randomised mulitple expoures, by putting the film through the camera several times. So all the edits and superimpositions you see were done in the camera.
The soundtrack is a new addition, a remix of some prog rock from that era.