Made with a specially adapted video camera, this film explores the interaction between TV monitor and camera. By shooting off the screen and generating feedback, the image is modified and controlled by small handheld physical movements. The soundtrack was made with Helliwell’s self built Hellitron tone generators.
This is an excerpt from ian Helliwell's film that runs for 7'00.
Experimental Amateurs is a 50 minute programme assembled by Ian Helliwell, of rarely seen shorts highlighting home-made experiments with image and sound, from the 1950s to the 2000s.
The films were created by unheralded, DIY and non-professional filmmakers, and an article written by Ian to accompany the programme, focussed on the work of animator/composer Stuart Wynn Jones, and featured in the November 2012 Wire magazine, issue 345.
The programme first screened at Cinecity in Brighton and Cafe Oto in London Nov/Dec 2012.
FC Judd: Mad Motors (1974, 4`25)
Super 8 For Beginners Group: Direct 1 (2004, 1`45)
Martin Smith: The Three Movie Makers (1968, 2`40)
George Harris: Time Lapse (1970s, 3`45)
Super 8 For Beginners Group: Direct 6 (2006, 1`30)
Ron Chapman: The Magic Sea (1979, 4`20)
Stuart Wynn Jones: The Spark (1963, 8`45)
Peter Ryde: Wranglepoise (1977, 3`50)
Super 8 For Beginners Group: Direct 7 (2006, 1`45)
Ralph Broome: Atomic Madness (1960, 2`)
Unknown: A Stitch In Time (1960s, 5`)
Super 8 For Beginners Group: Direct 10 (2008, 1`50)
Stuart Wynn Jones: Short Spell (1956, 2`30)
Found footage super 8 film originally made for a screening at an event celebrating the work of JG Ballard. Various car crashes, vintage glamour striptease and electronic sounds are cut together to form a collage.
The film first screened at Zoom Lens, the Basement, Brighton, in November 2012.
This is an extract from Ian Helliwell's film that runs 4'05.
Short video documentation of Ian Helliwell’s Practical Electronica exhibition at Phoenix Brighton gallery in Nov/Dec 2011. Made with stills, video and animation, the film captures the various interactive parts of the display centred around the Practical Electronica documentary, concerning the work of electronic composer/inventor FC Judd.
The various exhibits lead off into other related areas of Helliwell's work, including collages and machines. His modified TV and microphone, and the Hellimatic electronic sound generator are shown being activated by visitors to the gallery.
The film was completed in February 2012 and first screened at Cafe Oto in London for the Wire Salon - Practical Electronica: From Chromasonics to the Megatherm.