Detour Off the Superhighway: an interactive documentary

2004 was a strange era for me to experience in this experiment, given that I obviously lived through it. I was well-acquainted with the tech I was using: Digital Video tape, a Nokia 3310, and burning my own CDs. (In fact, I think I was using a MiniDisc player in 2004, which I found quite frustrating at the time, given its need for audio to be recorded in real time (on the model I had, anyway))...

But Digital Video reminded me of my own early days of filmmaking. My first film 'Spare' (2007) was shot on DV and it's nice to think about how big a deal it was to get my hands on a camera at the time. Those were the days where - just like with my MiniDisc - everything happened in real time. There was no dragging and dropping like there is today. The quality of this camera I was using (the consumer-grade Sony DCR-TRV16E - on loan from my friend Tim) was pretty dodgy by today's standards, however the technology was incredibly exciting a decade ago! I guess that's the thing about this experiment... I'm constantly taking things away from my life, but when they were first released, these were groundbreaking gadgets.

The aesthetic produced by this camera seemed pretty dull to me during the experiment. I think it's funny that features, like night-vision and that bouncy effect, were built into these things. I, personally, much prefer the more natural-looking images produced by today's cameras and, quite frankly, I'd sooner use a modern mobile phone to shoot a film.

But the experience of using these devices and technologies brought me back to a time in my life when digital technology seemed new and exciting, and when the possibilities seemed endless. Sometimes I wonder where that feeling went.

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Detour Off the Superhighway: an interactive documentary

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Follow Patrick Kelly as he gives up the internet and modern media technology for 80 days. From the Digital Video cameras and Facebook-less internet of the 2000s to the dark ages of VHS, Super8, vinyl records, typewriters, quills and beyond. Will he finally…


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Follow Patrick Kelly as he gives up the internet and modern media technology for 80 days. From the Digital Video cameras and Facebook-less internet of the 2000s to the dark ages of VHS, Super8, vinyl records, typewriters, quills and beyond. Will he finally work out that there is more to life than Twitter and LOLCats?

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